September 20, 2006

Meyer: Thomas indefinitely suspended

Florida senior defensive tackle Marcus Thomas has been suspended for the next five games, a Gainesville radio station reported Wednesday morning.

Heath Cline of WBXY broke the news, but UF officials have not confirmed that Thomas will miss any games. On the SEC teleconference, UF coach Urban Meyer said he would address the topic at the appropriate time. His next scheduled talk with reporters is after UF's Wednesday evening practice.

Thomas was suspended for the season opener against Southern Miss but returned to play against UCF and Tennessee.

According to the Orlando Sentinel, Thomas is appealing the latest suspension. His mom, Sheila Mott, told the Sentinel that Thomas had tested positive for marijuana in mid-July and again three to four weeks later before the original drug had cleared his system, making it one offense instead of two.

University Athletic Association policy mandates a one-game suspension for a first positive test for marijuana and a suspension for 50 percent of the season for a second offense.

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