Tebow has surgery on non-throwing shoulder

Published: Monday, January 12, 2009 at 2:05 p.m.
Last Modified: Monday, January 12, 2009 at 2:05 p.m.

The day after announcing he will return for his senior season, Florida quarterback Tim Tebow underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right shoulder to remove a bone spur and chronic inflamation related to an injury he sustained during the 2007 season.

"The surgery went well," team physician Dr. Pete Indelicato said. "He should be able to begin throwing in the next three to four weeks and a full recovery is expected."

Tebow injured his non-throwing shoulder midway last season and re-aggravated it late this season. While the injury limited him somewhat last season, it did not seem to slow him down during the Gators' national championship run.

In the 24-14 victory over Oklahoma in the BCS Championship Game, Tebow threw for 231 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for 109 yards.

For the season, the 2007 Heisman winner completed 64 percent of his passes for 2,746 yards and 30 touchdowns, with only four interceptions. He also led the Gators in rushing for the second consecutive year, with 673 yards and 12 touchdowns.

Tebow announced at the national championship celebration Sunday that he will be returning for his senior season. The Gators are now awaiting decisions on two other star juniors wide receiver Percy Harvin and middle linebacker Brandon Spikes.

Harvin told Sun Sports on Sunday that he was leaning toward returning and that he planned to meet with UF coach Urban Meyer on Monday. Spikes has told several teammates than he plans to return for his senior season. He remained in Miami after the national title game to discuss his decision with his family.

If Spikes elects to stay, the Gators will return all 11 starters on a defense that limited Oklahoma to 14 points, 40 points below the Sooners' average this season.

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