Notebook: Tebow at 100 percent after quiet knee injury


Published: Thursday, October 30, 2008 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, October 31, 2008 at 1:00 a.m.

Tim Tebow has reassured everyone that he is indeed human.

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Coach Urban Meyer was not upset about quarterback Tim Tebow’s decision to play through a recent knee injury.

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According to a report by the St. Petersburg Times, CBS play-by-play announcer Gary Danielson said Thursday that Florida coach Urban Meyer told him that Tebow hyper-extended his knee on the interception he threw late in the third quarter against Arkansas.

“Tim Tebow was a little bit nicked early on and no one talked about it,’’ Danielson said in his weekly press release for CBS. “Urban Meyer didn’t even tell us (for previous CBS broadcasts). They kept it well-hidden that he had a little bit of a hyper-extended knee that he hurt early in the season. I wondered why he wasn’t running like last year. He didn’t seem the same. He was more of a finesse runner than a power runner. Urban Meyer had told us that he is finally 100 percent. We will see the real Tebow (Saturday).’’

Meyer said after Thursday’s practice that he was unaware of Tebow’s injury until the junior quarterback told him while the two were conversing in the training room a few days ago.

“The other day he told me, ‘Boy, my knee’s feeling really good,’ and I was like, ‘Your knee? What are you talking about?’ ” Meyer said. “He’s fine – 100 percent.”

Meyer said the injury never kept Tebow out of any practices and that he hasn’t seen any significant difference in his running ability.

Tebow not informing his coaches of an injury is nothing new for the Florida staff. Tebow played last year against Georgia with a shoulder injury that limited his movements outside the pocket. Though he finished the game with 236 yards and a touchdown off 14 of 22 passing, he was held to a career-low -15 yards rushing.

“He told me he was 100 percent before Georgia and later I found out he could pick his arm up,” Meyer said.

Despite Tebow’s failure to inform his coach of an injury that could have turned into something more serious, Meyer said he wasn’t upset with his quarterback’s decision to keep it quiet.

“I get mad at guys who miss class, not at guys who tough out injuries,” he said.

“I’ll go to sleep tonight knowing he’s fine.”

NEWTON STILL HURT: Cameron Newton might have been jumping up and down to congratulate freshman John Brantley on his first-career touchdown pass as a Gator, but Meyer assures that the sophomore quarterback is still bothered by a nagging ankle injury.

“He’s getting close, but we’re just trying to make sure he’s game-ready,” Meyer said.

Newton, who first hurt his ankle during the spring, reinjured it again over the summer and then again during fall practices. Newton has been seen leaving numerous practices without any brace or noticeable limp.

Meyer said he wasn’t sure if Newton will see anymore game action this season.

“If he reinjures his ankle, I don’t know, because he hasn’t played (much),” he said.

Newton went 1 for 2 passing with 14 yards and ran the ball 5 times for 10 yards and touchdown against Hawaii in his only action this season.

INJURY UPDATE: Freshman cornerback Janoris Jenkins was limited in practice Thursday, but is expected to play against the Bulldogs.

“Janoris was about 7/8’s,” Meyer said. “We’re going to take him out tomorrow like we did Percy (Harvin) that one day and give him a workout.”

If Jenkins can’t start, Meyer said junior Wondy Pierre-Louis would take his place.

In other injury news, Meyer said sophomore running back Emmanuel Moody isn’t 100 percent, but is “game-ready.” Moody reinjured his ankle in the loss to Ole Miss and has missed the last three games because of it.

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