When will Tebow be cleared?
Published: Monday, October 5, 2009 at 5:44 p.m.
Last Modified: Monday, October 5, 2009 at 5:44 p.m.
Quarterback Tim Tebow is himself again, Florida coach Urban Meyer said Monday.
He can go to class, he can watch television and game tape, he can tolerate bright light — and he has no headache.
"From what I understand, there are no symptoms (remaining from his concussion)," Meyer said. "I think he's cleared to act like Tim Tebow."
But when will he be cleared to play football?
That's the big question hovering over the top-ranked Gators as they prepare this week for No. 4 LSU in Baton Rouge on Saturday night.
At this point, Meyer doesn't have the answer.
"Tim looks a lot better," Meyer said at his weekly news conference. "He continues to work with our doctors and training staff, who are doing a phenomenal job. Other than that, I don't know. These things are day-to-day.
"His symptoms and his headache have been gone for several days now. He looks good. No, he won't practice (Monday). He has not been cleared."
Tebow sustained a concussion late in the third quarter of the Kentucky game Sept. 26. Since the day after the injury, he's undergone testing with UF doctors and trainers every day but one. Last week, Tebow was still showing symptoms of a concussion, including a slight headache.
The symptoms are gone now, but there's still no word on when he'll be cleared to play.
Meyer said he might find out in the next day or two. Or he might not know until late in the week.
Meyer said he's not certain how late would be too late for Tebow to play in Saturday night's game.
"That's a hard question. I can't answer," Meyer said. "Can Tim play quarterback at Florida against a very good defense without practicing? I don't know that. That's something we'll (determine) as we move on."
Meyer said if Tebow returns to practice at some point this week, he will not get hit.
Meanwhile, with Tebow's status still uncertain, the Gators are preparing No. 2 quarterback John Brantley to start Saturday night's game.
"Obviously, I have a lot of confidence (in Brantley)," Meyer said. "It's not false confidence. It's confidence from what you see in practice.
"We would have liked him to have a few more game reps at this point. The thing I can see on this team is he's not going in there by himself. He's got 10 other guys on offense, some very mature guys who are going to take care of that guy.
"The Pounceys are going to be right there, and (Riley) Cooper and those three backs (Jeff Demps, Chris Rainey and Emmanuel Moody). Johnny isn't going to be in there by himself. He had a very good week of practice (last week). He gets the ball out real fast."
Meyer said if Brantley is the guy, the changes in the offense would be minimal.
"Things will change a little bit," Meyer said. "I've been asked that question. It's obvious. It doesn't mean we're going to abandon some of our running game that has been so good. (Brantley) has some strength."
If Brantley starts and Tebow isn't cleared, the No. 3 quarterback could be junior punter Chas Henry, who was a quarterback in high school. True freshman quarterback Jordan Reed missed practice last week with flu-like symptoms, but also likely will get reps at quarterback this week, Meyer said.
Meyer also said two other players could line up and take direct snaps. One likely would be starting cornerback Joe Haden, who saw some preseason practice time at quarterback.
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