GAINESVILLE — Center Mike Pouncey said WR Chris Rainey is Florida's best player, and the Gators could have him back for their next game.
Florida coach Urban Meyer said Rainey would be eligible for the Gators' game against Georgia on Oct. 30.
Rainey has been suspended since he was arrested Sept. 14. He rejoined the team last week after his legal issues were resolved.
"He's the best player on our team and we really need him and he's an exciting player," Pouncey said. "As long as he keeps his mouth shut and keeps doing what he's doing, we'll have him next weekend."
Meyer, who set conditions for Rainey to return to play, said he is not sure if Rainey will get into the game.
Rainey could provide an offensive spark for a Florida (4-3, 2-3 SEC) team trying to rebound from three consecutive losses and remain in contention in the SEC Eastern Division.
"It's been tough. Rainey — he loves football," Pouncey said. "He made a mistake and he's just glad to be back out there and appreciating life more."
-- WR Andre Debose has a "rather severe ankle sprain," Meyer said. He will not practice this week.
-- DT Jaye Howard is not practicing after suffering a sprained ankle last week vs. Mississippi State.
-- Florida's entire backfield is hurt as running backs Jeff Demps (foot), Mike Gillislee (hamstring) and Emmanuel Moody (thigh) had "minimal" participation in practice Tuesday.
-- K Caleb Sturgis is progressing, Meyer said. Sturgis has been out with a stress fracture in his lower back since Oct. 1.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun