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Mauk cleared to rejoin Tigers

Mauk cleared to rejoin Tigers

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Maty Mauk

Missouri quarterback Maty Mauk warms up before an NCAA college football game against Kentucky, Saturday, Sept. 26, 2015, in Lexington, Ky. Kentucky won the game 21-13. (AP Photo/David Stephenson)

COLUMBIA, Mo. • Missouri quarterback Maty Mauk was reinstated Sunday after serving what amounted to a four-week suspension for violating undisclosed team rules, multiple sources told the Post-Dispatch.

Mauk has rejoined team activities during MU's bye week, but it’s unclear if he’ll play in the Tigers' next game, Nov. 5 against Mississippi State. 

Missouri announced on Sept. 29 that Mauk was suspended indefinitely along with offensive tackle Malik Cuellar. Mauk, 17-5 as Mizzou’s starting quarterback since 2013, missed MU's last four games while serving his suspension. Cuellar, a backup, was cleared to return after missing one game.

With Lock at quarterback the last four weeks, the Tigers (4-4, 1-4 Southeastern Conference) beat South Carolina 24-10 but have scored just 12 points in consecutive losses to Florida, Georgia and Vanderbilt. 

Missouri coach Gary Pinkel has declined to comment on Mauk’s status the last several weeks. Pinkel did not hold his weekly news conference on Monday while MU is on its bye week. His next opportunity to address the situation will be Wednesday’s SEC coaches teleconference. 

Mauk completed 51.8 percent of his passes for 654 yards, six touchdowns and four interceptions through MU's first four games. In his four starts, Lock has thrown for 538 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions while completing 48.8 percent of his throws. 

Mauk last played in MU's 21-13 loss at Kentucky on Sept. 26. He ranks ninth all-time at Mizzou with 4,373 passing yards and fourth with 42 touchdown passes. 

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