Floyd not reinstated, but cleared for Notre Dame workouts
The incremental path toward Michael Floyd playing in Notre Dame's season opener moved another fractional step forward late Monday.

Floyd can participate in voluntary workouts this summer with his Irish teammates -- workouts that began Monday afternoon -- but is not reinstated to the team, the school said in a release.

"Michael has made steady progress towards modifying his behavior and he may participate in the voluntary workouts being conducted by his teammates as well as the summer strength and conditioning program, if he so chooses," Irish coach Brian Kelly said in a statement.

"However, Michael still has steps to take before he can be considered for reinstatement to our footballteam. If he meets the conditions I have outlined to him and he demonstratesimproved decision-making skills, Michael will have the opportunity to rejoin the team for practices and games this fall. If he doesn’t meet every criteria given to him, Michael will not play for Notre Dame in 2011."

Floyd was suspended indefinitely from all football-related activities following a March 20 arrest for operating a vehicle under the influence, his third alcohol-related legal dust-up since 2008.

His next court date stemming from the arrest is Tuesday morning, though the expected plea agreement may not be entered at that time. Kelly said in interviews two weeks ago that Floyd essentially is on an all-or-nothing plan for playing in 2011: Either he gets himself right and plays in every game this fall or he plays in none at all.

Floyd was the Irish's team MVP for the 2010 season after registering 79 catches for 1,025 yards and 12 touchdowns.

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