Missouri football defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson cleared to practice Thursday

Wednesday, August 10, 2011 | 7:10 p.m. CDT; updated 9:10 p.m. CDT, Wednesday, August 10, 2011

COLUMBIA — Defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson has been cleared academically and is eligible to practice Thursday, Missouri football team spokesman Chad Moller confirmed Wednesday evening.

Richardson, a nationally heralded recruit and College of Sequoias transfer, was not in uniform for the first week of Missouri’s fall camp because he awaited a final eligibility ruling from the NCAA.

Sheldon Richardson Timeline

 A brief look at the Sheldon Richardson story through the past two-plus years.

  • Feb. 4, 2009: Richardson signs his letter of intent to play for Missouri
  • June 2, 2009: Richardson confirms that he will have to attend junior college after failing to qualify academically. He enrolls at the College of the Sequoias in Visalia, Calif.
  • Oct. 23, 2010: Richardson attends Missouri's homecoming win over Oklahoma, telling the St. Louis Post Dispatch, "It felt like home."
  • Nov. 11, 2010: Richardson confirms that he has reneged on his commitment to Missouri and has verbally committed to USC.
  • Dec. 15, 2010: Richardson changes his commitment back to Missouri.
  • July 25, 2011: Coach Gary Pinkel says of Richardson, "We expect to see him on Aug. 4," at Big 12 Media Day
  • Aug. 3, 2011: Richardson reports to camp at Missouri, but the school announces that he will be held out of practice until his eligibility is finalized.

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Richardson has been in Columbia since the start of the Tigers' preseason camp on Aug. 4 and is expected to be on the field with his teammates for Thursday's practice sessions.

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