Suspended Fresno State DL Jason Shirley reinstated to team

Updated: November 15, 2007, 12:24 AM ET
Associated Press

FRESNO, Calif. -- Jason Shirley was reinstated to Fresno State's football team on Wednesday night, nearly four weeks after the defensive lineman was suspended for the rest of his senior season following his arrest on suspicion of driving under the influence.

Fresno State athletic director Thomas Boeh made the decision after an appeals process, when Shirley presented medical evidence that persuaded the school to allow him to finish his senior season. The Fresno State medical staff approved Shirley's return to the team Wednesday, Boeh said.

"These past five games that Jason has missed represent a sufficient penalty in this particular case," Boeh said. "We now look forward to working with Jason to help ensure he will earn his undergraduate degree and finish his collegiate football career."

Shirley has been suspended since Oct. 9, a day after the 330-pound tackle was arrested after crashing his car into an apartment building. Police said Shirley left the scene of the accident, and had a blood-alcohol level of 0.12, above the legal limit of 0.08.

Shirley already served a two-game suspension in September for undisclosed conduct detrimental to the team. He then played in three games before his arrest, recording four tackles for losses, two sacks and a forced fumble.

The Bulldogs (6-4, 5-2 WAC) are off this week before hosting Kansas State on Nov. 24.


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