Tebow has a sore lower back


Published: Saturday, August 22, 2009 at 2:16 p.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, August 22, 2009 at 2:16 p.m.

It’s not like he needs the work.

Florida held out quarterback Tim Tebow from contact drills this week because of a sore lower back.

Tebow is “fine, 100 percent,” coach Urban Meyer said Saturday.

“He has not missed practice at all,” Meyer said. “He has been held out of live situations against the defense, mostly to get (backup) Johnny Brantley reps. His lower back was a little sore.”

It’s not a disc issue, Meyer said.

The 2007 Heisman Trophy winner will be back to full speed in practice Monday, Meyer said.

Tebow hasn’t missed a game in his three seasons in Gainesville, but has played hurt. He received painkilling injections before the final six games in 2007 and played against Florida State and Michigan with a broken bone in his non-throwing hand.

He played three games last year with a hyper-extended knee. He also had surgery on his right shoulder in January to remove a bone spur and reduce chronic inflammation.

Tebow has thrown for 6,390 yards and 67 touchdowns in his UF career. He also has 2,037 yards rushing and 43 scores.

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