Injury Update

Wide receiver Lorne Sam won't be available against West Virginia after undergoing surgery following Florida. Guard Matt Meinord returned to practice for the first time since tearing his ACL in the season opener.

Florida State receiver Lorne Sam ruled out any possibility of playing against West Virginia in the Gator Bowl, Jan. 1, after undergoing surgery following the loss to Florida to repair a stress fracture in his left foot.

The fracture initially occurred during voluntary summer work outs.

Sam played on the injury for the entire regular season, and complained at times that it was getting more painful as the weeks progressed.

"We had an appointment the week before Florida and we were going to base (the surgery) off of whether we went to a BCS bowl," Sam said.

Sam is wearing a boot, which he said will be removed in four to five weeks, and walking with a crutch.

He saw action as a reserve flanker, behind both Craphonso Thorpe and Dominic Robinson on the depth chart.

Sam caught six passes for 71 yards.

Monster Matt

The smile on his face told the whole story. Matt Meinrod returned to practice for the first time since tearing the anterior cruciate ligament and sustaining cartilage damage in his right knee in the Seminoles season opener against Miami, Sept. 10.

Although he's currently limited to conditioning, Meinrod is optimistic about the pace of his recovery and plans to participate in most of the spring practices.

"They're telling me that I'll get light work in spring and nothing against live defenses," Meinrod said.

Meinrod said he'll be cleared to return to full practice June 1. He also plans on applying for a medical hardship, which should be granted since Meinrod meets the qualifications.

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