NCAA clears 'Bama's Clinton-Dix to return to field

FILE - In this Sept. 21, 2013 file photo, Alabama defensive back Ha Ha Clinton-Dix (6) walks off the field after a win over Colorado State in an NCAA college football game in Tuscaloosa, Ala. Alabama coach Nick Saban suspended Clinton-Dix indefinitely for violating unspecified team rules. Saban announced the suspension of one of the top-ranked Crimson Tide's top defensive players after Wednesday's Oct. 2, 2013, practice. Saban wouldn't say what Clinton-Dix did wrong. (AP Photo/Butch Dill, File)

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) -- The NCAA has cleared Alabama safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix to return for Saturday's Arkansas game.

The NCAA reinstated Clinton-Dix on Friday after he served a two-game suspension, according to a statement released by Alabama. The Crimson Tide star was suspended indefinitely for accepting a short-term loan of less than $500 from assistant strength and conditioning coach Corey Harris, possibly violating NCAA rules about student-athletes receiving extra benefits.

Harris was placed on administrative leave.

Clinton-Dix remains second on the team with 24 tackles and is a possible first-round NFL draft pick. Alabama routed Georgia State and Kentucky in his absence with Landon Collins starting in his place.

Clinton-Dix was the ninth player suspended or dismissed for off-the-field issues since last season's win over Notre Dame in the BCS championship game.