Michigan reserve RB Grady practices but remains suspended for games

Updated: August 4, 2008, 7:56 PM ET
By Adam Rittenberg | ESPN.com

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Reserve running back Kevin Grady participated in Michigan's first preseason practice Monday but remains suspended for games, coach Rich Rodriguez said.

Grady had been suspended following a July 2 arrest for drunken driving and initially wasn't allowed to work out with the team. But the junior has regained those privileges, even though his legal case is not yet resolved.

"He's still suspended as far as actual games, but he's practicing," Rodriguez said after Monday's workout. "He's done enough to earn his status back on the team, but he's not done enough yet to warrant playing time. There'll be some playing suspension, but that's yet to be determined."

Grady pleaded not guilty July 9 to a misdemeanor charge of operating a vehicle while intoxicated. Police said the Wolverines running back had a blood-alcohol level of 0.281 -- three and a half times the state's legal limit -- at the time of his arrest in Wyoming, Mich. His next court date is set for Aug. 14, and he faces up to 93 days in jail if convicted.

Rodriguez said Grady, who sat out last season with a knee injury, isn't working with the first- or second-teams but then added, "We really don't have a first- or second-team solidified and won't, probably, for another two-and-a-half weeks."

Grady rushed for 187 yards and three touchdowns in 2006 after a strong freshman season (483 rushing yards, five touchdowns).

Adam Rittenberg covers college football for ESPN.com. He can be reached at espnritt@gmail.com