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Tebow accustomed to injuries

Staff
Published:   |   Updated: March 23, 2013 at 12:42 PM

GAINESVILLE QB Tim Tebow has been through his share of injuries since he arrived at Florida.

He hurt his shoulder against Kentucky in 2007 and received pain-killing injections before the final six games of that season - an injury he aggravated again in last season's opener and played with all of last year.

That means he got a pain-killing shot before 19 of Florida's last 20 games heading into the 2009 season.

He broke his non-throwing hand against Florida State in November 2007 and played the Capital One Bowl against Michigan with a protective sleeve.

In addition to the shoulder problem, he played three games with a hyperextended knee and with a sprained left ankle against Georgia in 2008.

"It's not like this is our first rodeo," Coach Urban Meyer said. "We're very well aware of the pounding he takes. We're going to be very conscious of it for the right reasons. But we always have been, and I think he's a little bit more aware than he has been."

Meyer sometimes faces criticism for how many times Tebow carries the ball, but this time his injury did not occur on one of the 16 rushing attempts he had against Kentucky.

"A lot of times when Tim takes a hit, is when he decides to try and run over someone on a scramble, and the same thing in short yardage," Meyer said. "The high-impact collisions are on kickoffs and kickoff returns, and when a receiver is defenseless down the field, and then when a quarterback's in the pocket. ... That's a very compromising position."

Tebow went through a litany of tests Tuesday for balance and memory. Meyer said it's the best he's seen the Heisman Trophy winner look since suffering the concussion against the Wildcats.

FOLEY REACHES OUT: UF AD Jeremy Foley wrote a letter to the editor in the Lexington Herald-Leader thanking Kentucky AD Mitch Barnhart, the UK medical staff and anyone else who helped take care of Tebow.

"From the moment Tim was injured on the field, the Kentucky support team moved into action. The game operations staff, medical and athletic training staff, as well as the police and emergency personnel, were all quick to respond and operated as one efficient unit," Foley said in the letter. "A heartfelt thanks to the University of Kentucky, the local community and the entire Wildcat family, whose outpouring of support was very much appreciated."

INJURY UPDATE

C Maurkice Pouncey (shoulder), G Mike Pouncey (ankle), DB Moses Jenkins (concussion), DT Brandon Antwine (shoulder), RT Marcus Gilbert (elbow, biceps), DT Lawrence Marsh (ankle) and LB Brendan Beal (neck) have been hampered by injuries this week.

Meyer said he hopes the Gators' bye week will give most of them enough time to heal before UF's showdown with LSU.


Mike DiFerdinando

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