Glenn reinstated, will return Week 5

Thursday, September 13, 2001

FOXBORO, Mass. -- An arbitrator overturned Terry Glenn's season-long suspension Wednesday, allowing him to rejoin the New England Patriots for their fifth game.

The fourth leading receiver in team history still must complete a four-game NFL suspension for violating the league's substance-abuse policy. His agent, James Gould, said there are no plans to appeal that now.

Glenn is not allowed to practice or play with the team during his suspension.

The arbitrator's decision cannot be appealed unless the team challenges it in court, said Richard Berthelsen, general counsel of the NFL Players Association.

The Patriots weren't inclined to do that

Coach Bill Belichick, who suspended Glenn after he stayed away from training camp without permission, said in a statement, "We hope that his desire to be reinstated is a positive sign and evidence of his willingness to contribute to the team this season."

Still unresolved is how much Glenn will be paid. The ruling means Glenn will get his $480,000 salary and performance bonuses, possibly decreased by the four games.

The parties also are at odds over how much of his signing bonus Glenn should get, but Berthelsen said that case "is not likely to be heard for some time."

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