Chris Rodriguez appears to have a chance to return to the field for Kentucky this fall, as a report from a Kentucky insider gives an optimistic spin on the situation.

Rodriguez is trying to return from a DUI charge, and then a missed court date in the last month. Nick Rousch of KSR reported that “Rodriguez has been spotted around the Joe Craft Football Training Facility this week as players report back to campus for summer workouts. Initially some feared Rodriguez may not be available for the entire 2022 season; however, after conversations with people close to the program, I do not believe that is the case.”

The sentiment surrounding Rodriguez’s status is no longer dire; however, it remains up in the air. Rodriguez must still reach a conclusion on his DUI case and settle his other matter. It’s certain he will miss some time, but how much is unclear. A four-game suspension is this humble reporter’s best estimate.

Although it’s still unclear if Rodriguez will be available this fall, but perhaps there will be some sort of resolution before Mark Stoops takes the podium at SEC Media Days in Atlanta on July 20. Along with Will Levis, Rodriguez’ status will go a long way toward determining if Kentucky is truly a dark horse in the SEC East race, and any kind of contender to draw national attention.