Healed Up

For the second straight year, Florida State held numerous players out of spring drills because of injuries. Find out how those players - and some who did suit out - are doing in thier rehab efforts. The Seminoles will soon begin summer workouts and TheTerritory will provide daily reports.

With summer conditioning workouts just a few weeks away, several FSU players are working to get healthy in order to particpate.

Wide reciever Craphonso Thorpe is nearing the end of his rehab after recovering faster than expected from his broken leg. Thorpe has been running stairs and jogging on the treadmill for a few weeks. Head trainer Randy Oravetz said that Thorpe can return to normal activities after June 15. Fellow recievers Willie Reid and Chris Davis missed time with ankle problems. While Reid has been cleared, Davis should be ready to in early July after having a second procedure.

Center David Castillo is also expected to be ready for workouts. Leon Washington has also healed from a preventative operation in his ankle and even tried to lobby coaches to let him return in the spring.

"I don't have to worry about guys like that," Oravetz said. "I know that they will do the right things to get themselves ready to play."

Also on the O Line, Oravetz think they might have Bobby Meeks' situation solved. Meeks suffers from sleep apnea, a condition which complicates his bouts with asthma.

"The Monday after the Orange Bowl, he flew back with us and got his tonsils removed," Oravetz said. "We hope that that will clear his breathing passage a little more."

Alex Barron and Travis Johnson are on schedule rehabbing shoulder surgeries.

Linebacker A.J. Nicholson and wide reciever Dominic Robinson had their knees scoped after the Garnet and Gold game nad have completed the short recovery.

Ernie Sims (wrist) and Pat Watkins (hairline fibular fracture) have also been in for rehab sessions. Watkins was held out of the spring game against his wishes. Kyler Hall, who played sparingly, still recieves treatment on his hand.

"Bottom line is that everyone is doing what they need to do to get better."

Oravetz said he anticipates that everyone will be ready to go by the start of fall practice on August 8.


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