Florida receivers get charges downgraded to misdemeanors

They will still be eligible to play on Saturday.

Florida wide receivers Rick Wells and Tyrie Cleveland were originally charged with damaging property of more than $1,000 - a third-degree felony - and shooting a missile inside an occupied dwelling - a second-degree felony. However, the charges are going to be dropped to misdemeanors according to State Attorney Bill Cervone.

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"It's impossible to say who literally did what piece of damage," Cervone told the Orlando Sentinel Tuesday. "That charge is much more appropriate to what they were doing than the felony charges the police department began with. Not that those charges weren't valid, but this is more reflective of what they were doing."

Coach Jim McElwain suspended the two for the first game of the season and both are eligible to play against Kentucky on Saturday. Both are going to be needed after top receiver Dre Massey injured his knee and will be out for the season. Hopefully they can stay out of trouble and just keep working themselves into the rotation of receivers.


[h/t Orlando Sentinel]