Erik Murphy won't need surgery


Florida forward Erik Murphy drives around North Florida guard Will Wilson on Nov. 17, 2011, in Gainesville, Fla.

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Published: Wednesday, November 30, 2011 at 4:31 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, November 30, 2011 at 4:31 p.m.

Florida starting junior forward Erik Murphy will not need surgery on his injured right knee and could rejoin the team next week.

Murphy's injury was initially diagnosed by doctors as a meniscus tear, but it turned out to be a small pre-existing tear that he sustained in high school. Instead, Murphy suffered a bone bruise when he knocked knees with a teammate last week in practice.




“The swelling he was really dealing with was from the bone bruise on his knee,” Florida coach Billy Donovan said. “It's usually a 10 to 14 day recovery and it's been seven days now. So we'll try to get him back to doing some things and however long it takes, how much better he's feeling, we'll find out a little bit more.”

Donovan ruled Murphy out for Friday's game at No. 4 Syracuse, but said he could return for UF's Dec. 7 game against Arizona at the O'Connell Center.

“Is there a possibility next week against Arizona? There could be a possibility,” Donovan said. “A lot of it is going to depend on how well he responds.”

The 6-foot-10 Murphy has averaged 10 points and four rebounds per game in four starts this season. Murphy is shooting 57.1 percent (8-14) from 3-point range.

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