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Florida State starting outside linebacker <b>A.J. Nicholson</b> is playing it safe this preseason as he continues to strengthen his knee. Nicholson, the Seminoles' fourth-leading tackler last year in a backup role, was held out of Monday's scrimmage session as a "precautionary measure." Don't fret. Nicholson says he's feeling fine as FSU continues preparations for its season-opener at Miami on Labor Day, Sept. 6. Click here for an update on A.J.

Junior linebacker A.J. Nicholson is as friendly and as focused as ever.

Although Nicholson sat out Florida State's Monday night scrimmage in Doak Campbell Stadium as a "precautionary measure" as he continues to strengthen his knee, the junior from Winston-Salem, N.C., says he will be ready for the Seminoles' season-opener at Miami.

"I am getting back to 100 percent. I am fine," Nicholson said.

"There has been some little swelling and fluid, but I just need to ice it, elevate it and compress it. But I am fine. We are getting ready for Miami, a lot of preparation."

Nicholson, who saw action in all 13 games last season and started three -- Duke, Wake Forest and Notre Dame -- also was sad to see fellow linebacker Rodney Gallon go down with a knee injury on Monday.

"He has been working hard. He had been phenomenal for us. He really had been stepping up on the special teams area and playing good when he got in there since I've been gone," Nicholson said. "Hopefully, Rodney will get better. My prayers are going out to him."

Here's an unofficial look at other FSU players still slowed by injuries:

Offensive lineman Bobby Meeks (high ankle sprain) participated in selected conditioning drills on Monday. Linebacker Marcello Church (ankle) and cornerback Trevor Ford (hamstring) both sat out Monday's scrimmage. Fullback Chad Canfield (concussion) could be out for an extended period.

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