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Floyd takes step towards return

Michael Floyd took a step towards returning to Notre Dame's football team Monday.

The receiver, who was indefinitely suspended from the team after a March 20 arrest for operating a vehicle under the influence, was allowed to participate in voluntary summer workouts with the Irish, the university announced.

Floyd's inclusion in the workouts led by Irish players with the strength and conditioning staff overseeing strength and conditioning exercises doesn't mean he has been reinstated to the team.

"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," coach Brian Kelly said in a statement "However, Michael still has steps to take before he can be considered for reinstatement to our football team. If he meets the conditions I have outlined to him and he demonstrates improved 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 is scheduled to be in court Tuesday, but a plea agreement is not expected to be entered at that time.

Floyd was named the team and Sun Bowl MVP last season and had a team-high 79 catches for 1,025 yards and 12 touchdowns.