Murphy out indefinitely with torn meniscus

Florida starting power forward Erik Murphy injured his knee Thursday in practice.

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Published: Saturday, November 26, 2011 at 4:14 p.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, November 26, 2011 at 4:14 p.m.

Florida starting junior forward Erik Murphy is out indefinitely with a torn meniscus in his right knee.

Doctors diagnosed Murphy's injury on Saturday morning. The 6-foot-10 Murphy injured his knee Thursday in practice.

“It does appear he has some form of a meniscus tear,” Florida coach Billy Donovan said. “How severe or how long he will be out, we'd probably find out a lot more on Monday. He's out for the game (against Stetson) Monday and I'd assume he would be out for the next week as well.”

Donovan said doctors will have a better idea on Monday if the injury will require rest or surgery.

“The concern is it some form of a meniscus tear,” Donovan said.

Also, Donovan said sophomore forward Casey Prather (strained groin) will be limited in practice Saturday and is questionable for Monday's game in Orlando against Stetson.

Donovan said that sophomore forward Will Yeguete will continue to start at power forward in place of Murphy. Yeguete had 8 points and 9 rebounds replacing Murphy in the starting lineup Friday night against Jacksonville.

“He did a pretty good job there,” Donovan said. “He got into a little bit of foul trouble in the first half and picked up his third and fourth one there pretty early in the second half. But he rebounded the ball well and did some good things for us.”

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