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TCU reinstates football players accused of beating students, stealing beer

TCU Practice Report: DE Mike Tuaua And WR Andre Petties-Wilson Complete School Judicial Process And Practice

TCU head coach Gary Patterson said Wednesday that senior defensive end Mike Tuaua and redshirt freshman Andre Petties-Wilson completed the university judicial process Tuesday and were cleared to practice with the team. (Video: Travis L. Brown)
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TCU head coach Gary Patterson said Wednesday that senior defensive end Mike Tuaua and redshirt freshman Andre Petties-Wilson completed the university judicial process Tuesday and were cleared to practice with the team. (Video: Travis L. Brown)

Two TCU football players who were arrested Sept. 21 after fellow students accused them of beating them up and stealing their beer have been reinstated to the football program, coach Gary Patterson said Wednesday.

Senior defensive end Mike Tuaua, 22, and redshirt freshman wide receiver Andre Petties-Wilson, 19, were accused of assault after leaving a party on Sept. 4 and of stealing a case of Keystone Light beer.

The university’s disciplinary review process was completed Tuesday after which both players were reinstated to the football team, Patterson said after practice Wednesday night.

Hopefully my guys learn from it.

Coach Gary Patterson

They were suspended for three games but are eligible to play Saturday morning against the Texas Longhorns.

“They’ve gone through the judicial process, and Mike and Andre are back,” Patterson said. “As an ambassador for this university, I’m sad for all parties, not just my guys, that the incident happened.”

Mark Cohen, TCU athletic department spokesman, had said the two were suspended from the football program for violating team rules.

The criminal case against them is proceeding, but has not been forwarded to the Tarrant County district attorney’s office for prosecution, said Sgt. Steve Enright, a Fort Worth police spokesman, Wednesday night.

TCU’s disciplinary process has no bearing on the criminal case, Enright said.

Both players were arrested last week on suspicion of robbery with bodily injury. They were released from jail on $15,000 bail each.

TCU head coach Gary Patterson defended defensive end Mike Tuaua at Tuesday's press conference after the senior was arrested on charges of robbery with bodily injury, according to the Fort Worth Police Department. (Video: Travis L. Brown)

Listenbee limited

Wide receiver Kolby Listenbee, who sat out the Texas Tech game last week, was still limited this week, Patterson said.

But he left open the possibility that the senior would play against Texas.

“Kolby still didn’t practice much today. But that doesn’t mean anything by Saturday,” Patterson said.

Listenbee left the SMU game two weeks ago after catching a touchdown pass, falling on his backside after a leaping catch with a defender on him. He did not return to the game.

Receiver Emanuel Porter was also limited in practice, Patterson said.

Patterson expressed doubt that Petties-Wilson, who returned to practice Wednesday along with Tuaua after three-game suspensions, could help right away.

“I don’t know. We’ll see,” Patterson said. “He’s been gone three weeks.”

Lathan out

Defensive end Terrell Lathan hasn’t practiced and won’t play against Texas, Patterson said.

Lathan went out of the SMU game with an apparent shoulder injury. He sat out last week’s game against Texas Tech.

Aaron Green catches a deflected pass in back of end zone with 23 seconds remaining.

Staff writers Carlos Mendez and Ryan Osborne contributed to this report.

Monica S. Nagy: 817-390-7792, @MonicaNagyFWST

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