Texas CB Brown reinstated, will play vs. Rice

Texas cornerback Tarell Brown and backup linebacker Tyrell Gatewood, who were suspended for the No. 8 Longhorns' loss to No. 1 Ohio State, have been reinstated for Saturday's game against Rice, Texas coach Mack Brown said Monday.

Misdemeanor marijuana charges against Brown and Gatewood were dropped on Friday, but a weapons possession charge against Brown is still in effect. The pair were suspended after they were arrested with former Texas linebacker Aaron Harris early the morning of Monday, Sept. 4.

Brown's attorney, Jamie Balagia, said Harris, who was also charged with misdemeanor marijuana possession, told authorities the marijuana was his. Balagia also said both Brown and Gatewood tested negative on a drug screening for cocaine and marijuana administered by the university.

The loss of Brown, a senior and Texas' top cover corner, was keenly felt in the Longhorns' 24-7 loss to Ohio State. Brown had been expected to draw the assignment of covering Buckeye wide receiver Ted Ginn Jr., one of Ohio State's top playmakers, and Ginn had 5 catches for 97 yards and a touchdown in the Buckeyes' win.

Joe Schad is ESPN TV's national college football reporter.