Spikes hobbled by foot injury


Florida's Brandon Spikes puts pressure on Ole Miss quarterback Seth Adams last September in Oxford, Miss.

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Published: Monday, August 25, 2008 at 5:14 p.m.
Last Modified: Monday, August 25, 2008 at 5:14 p.m.

Percy Harvin’s heel has been the lingering injury of the preseason. Now, the Florida Gators have another one to worry about with the approach of Saturday’s opener against Hawaii. Spikes’ foot.

UF coach Urban Meyer revealed the latest injury concern Monday — an injured foot that has left star middle linebacker Brandon Spikes’ status uncertain for the opener.

Meyer said Spikes injured the foot last week and it has been slow to recover.

“He’s had it going on for a while,” Meyer said. “I’ll know more (later in the week).”

There also is uncertainty about Harvin and his surgicially repaired heel. He’s had no contact in the preseason and didn’t practice for the first time until last Saturday. He did not make it through the entire practice.

“I’ll know more during the week (whether Harvin will play Saturday),” Meyer said. “He’s still reacting where once he goes for a little bit he has to watch it. He gets sore.”

When asked if Harvin will have to endure some pain throughout the season, Meyer said, “I’ve been told not.”

Quarterback Tim Tebow said he would not be surprised if Harvin plays Saturday.

“He’s done more and more the past few days,” Tebow said. “I expect him to get some time in there.

“I don’t think (our timing) would be 100 percent, but it can pick up pretty quickly because we’ve been throwing it and catching it a lot the past couple of years. Later down the line, it will get better. He looks pretty good, but he doesn’t want to push it too hard. In practice, it doesn’t matter what we’re doing, he’s not getting any contact.”

Meyer said there also are some other injury issues heading into game week.

Starting center Maurkice Pouncey has been limited by a sprained ankle, and defensive end Justin Trattou has been held out of practice the past several days after sustaining a concussion.

In other injury news, true freshman defensive tackle Matt Patchan practiced full go for the first time Monday. He’s been held out of contact work the entire preseason after injuring a pectoral muscle earlier in the summer. Also, true freshman defensive tackle Omar Hunter participated in full-contact work for the fifth consecutive practice and is expected to play in Saturday’s game, Meyer said.

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