OSU Quarterback Rejoins Team, But Won't Start

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio State quarterback Steve Bellisari, suspended after he was charged with drunken driving last week, will practice with the team this week but not start Saturday against Michigan.

Backup Craig Krenzel will start, Ohio State spokesman Steve Snapp said early Monday. Snapp added that coach Jim Tressel hasn't decided yet whether Bellisari will play against Michigan.

Tressel said in a statement that Bellisari won't serve as one of the team captains for the game.

"Steve is, and will continue to be, a member of the Ohio State football family," Tressel said. "We will make sure that immediate support services are available to him to assist him in confronting this painful situation."

Tressel said he made the decision Sunday night after meeting with athletic director Andy Geiger, associate AD Archie Griffin, the coaching staff, the team and Bellisari.

Bellisari had a blood-alcohol level of 0.22 percent according to a police report, more than twice the state's legal limit of 0.10, when campus police stopped him at 2:20 a.m. Friday.

Bellisari, 21, was charged with two counts of drunken driving, a stop sign violation and unnecessary squealing of tires.

Ohio State enters the Michigan game with a 6-4 record (4-3 in the Big Ten). Michigan is 8-2 and 6-1 and with a win would clinch at least a share of the conference title and possibly a berth in the Bowl Championship Series.

Krenzel -- who shares an apartment with Bellisari -- split the quarterbacking duties with Scott McMullen in a 34-22 loss at home to Illinois on Saturday.

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