Muschamp: Driskel has bruised shoulder


Florida coach Will Muschamp said Wednesday that sophomore quarterback Jeff Driskel has a bruised scapula and won't miss any practice time.

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Published: Wednesday, August 15, 2012 at 11:56 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, August 15, 2012 at 11:56 a.m.

Florida coach Will Muschamp paid the media an unexpected visit before player interviews Wednesday to clear up any confusion about quarterback Jeff Driskel's injured shoulder.

With so much misinformation floating out there in the Twitter world and on Facebook, Muschamp decided to set the record straight. He said Driskel has a contusion on his left scapula as a result of a blow he took on his left, non-throwing shoulder in Sunday night's practice.

Driskel returned to practice Wednesday after sitting out Tuesday's two practices. He has been cleared to participate in all activity in practice, but cannot have any contact for at least a week, Muschamp said

“Sunday night, Jeff got a pop on his shoulder. No big deal. He thought it was a bruise,” Muschamp said. “We all get bruised in camp when you play football. He iced it Sunday night. No big deal. He came in Monday morning, iced it, then we had a walk-through (practice).

“He came to A.P. (head trainer Anthony Pass) after lunch and said, ‘My shoulder is still pretty sore, you may want to take a look at this.' The doctor looked at it and said he's got a contusion of the scapula.

“He's going to practice today. He's out of contact for a week. Period. End of (story). I don't know what else to say. I don't know how some of these things get caught like wildfire. That's it.”

One media outlet reported Tuesday that Driskel had fractured his scapula and was out for the season. Others reported Driskel had a serious shoulder injury and could be out for an undetermined length of time.

Muschamp was not scheduled to talk the to media Wednesday, but did so on the advice of sports information director Steve McClain.

“I don't monitor what the word is out there,” Muschamp said. “Steve came to me and said you might want to make a statement about it. There's a lot of false information out there. OK, so I'll come down there and make sure everybody is on the same page about exactly what happened.

“That's football. Everybody is sore right now. It's camp. That's part of the deal, part of working through it.”

Muschamp said the injury will not limit Driskel's reps in practice, and it will not be a factor in the quarterback battle between Driskel and fellow true sophomore Jacoby Brissett.

“We expect him to be totally fine,” Muschamp said. “The competition is ongoing. It hasn't affected anything we're trying to do or how we're trying to prepare our football team.”

Muschamp said he needed the doctor to explain the injury to him.

“They had to spell it out for me,” he said. “It's a bruise of the bone, an inflammation of the bone.”

Muschamp said Driskel isn't even sure how he was injured.

“Jeff even looked at me and said, ‘Coach I need to go back and look at the film to see when I might have hurt it.' He doesn't even know,” Muschamp said.

The injury came in the first practice after the coaches removed the quarterbacks' non-contact jerseys. Muschamp wanted the quarterbacks to get a feel for the live action they will be facing this season.

The defensive players could have contact with the quarterbacks, but were not allowed to tackle them.

“It was not like there was some big-time blow that occurred or that he went down and 14 guys fell on top of him,” Muschamp said. “There was nothing like that. He didn't go to the ground. We expect him to be fine.”

Driskel and Brissett are now back in red non-contact jerseys. Muschamp said he did not regret the decision to let the quarterbacks have contact Sunday.

“That was something we needed to do and it was very productive for them and our football team,” Muschamp said.

Muschamp said Driskel has not been cleared for contact yet because there could be further damage to the shoulder.

Muschamp said Driskel would be re-evaluated Monday and the Monday of game week (Aug. 27).

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