Toussaint, Clark held out of first practice

August, 6, 2012
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ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Michigan coach Brady Hoke said last week at the Big Ten media days that he wasn’t sure whether suspended starting running back Fitzgerald Toussaint and defensive end Frank Clark would practice when the Wolverines kicked off fall camp.

Turns out, he chose to sit them out.

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AP Photo/Carlos OsorioFitzgerald Toussaint was held out of practice, and Brady Hoke has not set a return date for the suspended running back.
“They did not participate,” Hoke said Monday after Michigan's first practice.

Toussaint gained 1,041 yards and nine touchdowns last season and is expected to be one of the top running backs in the Big Ten this season. Clark, who had 10 tackles and an interception as a freshman last season, is competing with sophomore Brennen Beyer for a starting spot at defensive end.

Hoke did not have a timetable for their return.

“When I make it, I guess,” Hoke said. “When? I don’t know.”

Toussaint, a junior, was suspended following a drunken driving arrest on July 21 in downtown Ann Arbor. Clark was suspended following an arrest and eventual charge with second degree home invasion for allegedly stealing a Macbook Air laptop. Second-degree home invasion is a felony in Michigan.

Clark has been arraigned and has his next court appearance set for Sept. 11.

Hoke also said having them sit out of Monday’s practice is not an indication, one way or the other, of their availability for the season opener against Alabama on Sept. 1 in Arlington, Texas.

“No, both of them have played a lot of football,” Hoke said. “A lot of football here.”

Michael Rothstein | email

ESPN Detroit Lions reporter

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