However, he's hopeful for good news concerning injured starting offensive lineman Eric Broe.
"My heart dropped when I saw Eric Broe go down," Rix said following the Seminoles' Tuesday morning practice.
"Hopefully it's not as bad as we initially thought. He (Broe) said he's okay. Hopefully we will have him back as soon as possible. We need Eric Broe. We need him if we are going to be successful."
Indeed. The last place the Seminoles need injuries is the offensive line. Broe, a redshirt sophomore from Norcross, Ga., injured his left kneecap during goal-line drills. He was taken off the field on the team's electric cart and was in considerable discomfort.
However, Broe was said to be doing much better earlier this afternoon, though X-rays are still scheduled. Editor's Note: X-rays did not reveal a fracture or damage to Broe's kneecap. Depending on the severity of soreness, the plan is to work him back into the mix by week's end.
Also, freshman second-team center John Frady suffered a knee sprain and his status will be re-evaluated.
Broe, who played in all 14 games last season in a reserve role, emerged from spring drills as the Seminoles' starter at tight guard. He's backed by redshirst junior Bobby Meeks, who also has been slowed by injury this preseason.
"We had a pretty good practice. It was raining but that's good. You are liable to play in the rain," FSU coach Bobby Bowden said.
"The only thing bad thing is Broe got hurt on the next to last play. One place we can't afford injuries, as you know, is offensive line. I don't know the extent of it. That was the only negative thing I saw in practice."
The Seminoles also are nicked up at tailback. Greg Jones, of course, continues his recovery from reconstructive knee surgery. Leon Washington has been slowed by a thigh bruise suffered last week during "thud" drills, and Lorenzo Booker re-injured his left ankle Monday night and was held out Tuesday.
"It wasn't as bad as last time because I knew the minute I hurt my ankle last time," Booker said.
"It was just a roll. It kind of scared me a little bit because it was the same ankle as last time. I was working on it today and running at about 90 percent. I am going to spend the rest of the afternoon here (rehab). I took today off just to be safe. I will be okay tomorrow."
Running backs coach Billy Sexton is not concerned with the hurts.
"They are not bad injuries," Sexton said.
"They will be back in a couple of days. They have to get a little ice on it, get off of it, get the inflammation down and they can get back in there. It's not nothing that's going to knock them out for a week or so. (just) a couple of days."