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Antonio Morrison charge for barking at police dog dropped

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The Florida Gators are expected to be without Antonio Morrison for their first two games.

Charges of interfering with a police animal against Florida linebacker Antonio Morrison have been dropped, according to reports.

But UF coach Will Muschamp has shortened Morrison's leash, anyway. Following the arrest, Muschamp suspended Morrison for a minimum of two games. And while the charges are being dropped, the suspension apparently has not. Morrison is still expected to miss the Gators' home opener against Toledo and the team's first road game at Miami. Muschamp indicated to ESPN Tuesday that Morrison's decision to be out at 3 a.m. Sunday morning still constituted poor judgment.

On Monday, the Alachua County Sheriff's Department released video of the arrest taken from deputy William Arnold's dashboard camera. State attorney Bill Cervone released a statement Tuesday announcing charges had been dropped, citing that the charge requires malice, and "none existed."

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