It's the same story every season right around this time of fall camp – the injury bug. After learning of Cornelius Ingram's ACL tear that will keep him out for the entire season, a few more Gators have been recently affected with injuries, but not nearly as severe as CI's.
The most noteworthy injury impacts starting wide receiver Louis Murphy
. Murphy left Monday's morning practice session in a boot and has a mild sprained ankle.
"I don't think it's that bad," Urban Meyer
said. "I think he'll be back this week."
Cornerback Markihe Anderson
left practice with his wrist heavily wrapped and his arm in a sling. Meyer said it's a sprained wrist that should only keep him out a few days.
"The good news is that they MRI'd it and it all came back negative," Meyer said. "It's painful, though. He should be back midweek."
Defensive tackle Matt Patchan
is still being held out of contact drills, recovering from a sore pectoral muscle suffered during the summertime. Omar Hunter
(back) did go over the weekend, but sat out today's morning session. Meyer expects him to be back tonight.
"Omar is a high character guy that goes out and makes plays," Meyer said. "He's got that wide rear end that occupies gaps."
is still sitting out practice, recovering from heel surgery in the spring. Harvin has come to other practices dressed out, but this morning he was in a shirt and shorts with running shoes on.
"He's just frustrated," Meyer said. "He's a competitor and wants to go. He doesn't like to sit and watch. He just wants to go."
Meyer said the injury bug is just something the team has to fight through this time of year.
"We're all frustrated and we're all angry, but you have to do what you have to do," he said. "The bad part is those four ACLs in a two month period and that's not good."
Meyer said during Friday's Media Day that Kestahn Moore will be used at times this season as a fullback similar to the way Billy Latsko was used during the 2006 season. Said Meyer, "I think he's a threat. Billy Latsko was a great football player. In hindsight we could have thrown to him, but he just wasn't a tight end type of player. I think Kestahn will. I'm really excited about that."
Meyer has been pleased with the progress of the defensive line, but he wasn't ready to give out names of the better performers. Said Meyer, "The guys on the defense line are starting to step up a little bit."
The biggest battle at linebacker is at strongside between A.J. Jones and Brandon Hicks, but Dustin Doe needs to step up as well. Said Meyer, "I'm seeing the right linebacker playing really well and that's Spikes. Doe got dinged a little bit today and missed half the practice. Up to that point he was doing good, but he is not where he needs to be."
Ingram underwent surgery to repair his torn ACL this morning. Meyer has yet to hear the results, but said he'll have a special role on the team. Said Meyer, "CI has been tremendous. His attitude is off the charts. He'll be a captain for us this year."
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