It was a good news/bad news morning for the UCLA secondary, as coach Jim Mora announced Tuesday that suspended cornerback Ishmael Adams has been reinstated but cornerback Fabian Moreau would miss the rest of the year with a Lisfranc foot injury.
Adams had been suspended following an arrest in late August on suspicion of felony robbery when he was accused of using force to steal a cellphone from an Uber driver. On Friday, the Los Angeles District Attorney's Offices referred the case to the L.A. City Attorney's office for misdemeanor consideration, not felony charges.
Mora called Adams' missing the first three games a "significant penalty."
"We feel as a program he's missed a quarter of his season, and he's shown remorse for the actions that he's taken," Mora told reporters Tuesday morning. "He's accepted responsibility. He's accepted the consequences."
Adams might need to be rushed into service quickly to replace Moreau, who was injured Saturday in UCLA's 24-23 win over No. 19 BYU and was scheduled for surgery Tuesday.
"He's a three-year starting corner and a great player in my opinion -- an NFL corner, without a doubt," Mora said. "And that's coming out of the mouth of a guy who coached NFL corners for a living for 20-plus years, so I feel pretty qualified to say that. It's a huge blow."
No. 9 UCLA travels to No. 16 Arizona this week in the Pac-12 opener for both schools.