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LSU DB Jalen Mills practices with team

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LSU safety Jalen Mills participated in the team's first day of preseason practice Monday after being suspended earlier this summer over an alleged altercation involving a woman.

In June, Mills was arrested and charged with second degree battery after allegedly punching a woman and knocking her unconscious in May.

The charge was reduced to misdemeanor simple battery on Monday, one day after coach Les Miles reportedly said he did not expect Mills to take part in the beginning of fall practice.

Addressing Mills, Miles said Monday, "All I can tell you is we're going to handle it internally and work him right here."

Mills' attorney, Brent Stockstill, told the Baton Rouge Advocate Monday that Mills plans to plead non guilty to the charge.

"Those things take time and ... after an entire summer of suspension, we felt like, while this thing was still being decided, that we bring him onto the team and then continue that discipline," Miles said Monday evening, according to ESPN.com.

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Former LSU running back Jeremy Hill, who pleaded guilty to a battery charge last summer, did not play the first five quarters of last season.

Mills is a two-year starter in LSU's defensive backfield, playing 25 of his first 26 games at cornerback. The 6-foot, 194-pound Mills is expected to move to play safety this season.

Mills was named a freshman All-American by multiple outlets in 2012 and recorded 67 tackles, four tackles for loss, three sacks and three interceptions over 13 games as a sophomore last season.

LSU, ranked 13th in the preseason Amway Coaches Poll, opens the 2014 season Aug. 30 against Wisconsin.

- Chris Johnson

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