Florida forward Chase Johnson is back in concussion protocol after suffering his second concussion in a three-month span.
Johnson has sat out UF’s last five games with an illness. While Johnson has also been battling the flu, tests by Florida trainer Dave “Duke” Werner this week also revealed that the 6-foot-9 Ripley, W. Va., native suffered another concussive event. It is unclear when Johnson suffered the concussion, though he had been going through contact practices with the team up to UF’s game on Dec. 4 against Florida State.
Johnson had suffered a concussion during UF’s practices in mid-October and sat out two weeks, but returned to action in time for Florida’s season opener Nov. 13 against Gardner-Webb. Johnson has appeared in four of UF’s 11 games this season, averaging 4.3 points and 2.0 rebounds.
Florida coach Mike White said Johnson will sit out UF’s game Friday night against Incarnate Word and will be re-evaluated before the Gators open SEC play Dec. 30 at home against Vanderbilt. White said Johnson hasn’t lost much weight as a result of his illnesses and still has looked good athletically in individual workouts.
“Hopefully he’ll be a full-go when we get back from this break,” White said. “I hope so for this team and moreso hope so for him.”