Arizona football: Grandon, Ebbele may be back on team next week

2012-05-05T00:00:00Z Arizona football: Grandon, Ebbele may be back on team next weekRyan Finley Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
May 05, 2012 12:00 am  • 

Criminal assault and trespassing charges against two Arizona Wildcats football players won't be pursued in court, and their suspensions from the team will likely end soon.

The case against defensive back Jourdon Grandon has been dismissed, and the lawyer for offensive tackle Fabbians Ebbele told the Star on Friday that he anticipates the same happening for his client soon.

City prosecutors filed a motion to dismiss Ebbele's charges on Wednesday. He is scheduled to appear in court again May 17.

"The case should be done," said Skip Donau, Ebbele's lawyer. "I haven't seen the signed order yet, but I anticipate it any day now."

Grandon, Ebbele and three other Wildcats players were arrested and charged following fights at a campus-area party March 2. The other three players were arrested on suspicion of trespassing.

Grandon and Ebbele were suspended for most of spring drills because of the pending charges but could be reinstated as soon as next week. UA coach Rich Rodriguez is recruiting and out of town.

Both Grandon and Ebbele remained close to the program during their suspensions. They have been participating in voluntary workouts on campus, lifting weights and participating in team meetings.

Ebbele is looking forward to formally rejoining the team, his lawyer said.

"The main consideration my client had is now he can get back to being part of the team full-time and demonstrating that he has the full ability to play his position," Donau said.

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