University of Tennessee head football coach Jeremy Pruitt made the following statement Wednesday pertaining to defensive back Bryce Thompson, who had been placed on indefinite suspension following his recent arrest on domestic abuse charges:
“As university processes have progressed relating to Bryce Thompson, we’ve all taken this situation very seriously. I believe Bryce can grow by following the plan the university has put in place for him. As a result, I am allowing him to return to practice.”
Thompson is a 5-11, 181 pound sophomore defensive back and was a four star prospect out of Dutch Fork High school in Irmo, SC.
Pruitt wouldn't elaborate on the plan in place for Thompson. He did indicate that other UT officials were involved with the decision to reinstate him.
"There are still lots of things here that have to go on with this situation," Pruitt said. "... He obviously made a mistake."
Since Thompson hasn't practiced with the team in nearly three weeks, Pruitt indicated it's unlikely that Thompson could play Saturday against Chattanooga.