Erik Murphy's injury not expected to require surgery
Florida junior starting F Erik Murphy's knee injury will not require surgery, and he could return within the next couple of weeks.
That's a much better scenario than origially anticipated when Murphy injured the knee on Thanksgiving day. It turns out that the slightly torn meniscus was an old injury from high school, and his current swelling problems are from a knee bruise.
"What we wanted to try to do is because he had a knee injury when he was in high school, some of it was around his cartilage area, and like I said he definitely had a knee bruise and he also had some torn cartilage,'' Florida coach Billy Donovan said. "And we just wanted to be able to see the X-ray and the MRI from when he was in high school just to see if there was any more damage done to his knee, based on what had already been there. The injuries that showed up this time were there last time, so we felt like the swelling that we were dealing with was really from the bone bruise on his knee. And that’s usually a 10 to 14 day recovery. So he’s had seven days now, so what we’ll do is try to get him back to try to start doing some things. And however long it takes or how much better he’s feeling we’ll find out a little bit more. Eric’s dad, along with Duke (Werner. athletic trainer) and Dr. Farmer (Kevin, team physician) did a really good job just putting their heads together trying to gather all the information before they made any decision. Because it was during Thanksgiving when it happened, and when you see a torn cartilage or torn meniscus on the MRI, I think your initial reaction was he’s going to need surgery. But waiting to get the other MRI from high school really proved to be very, very helpful in making a decision in what he needs to do rehabbing to get himself back.''
Murphy will not play in Friday night's game at Syracuse, but could return for the Dec. 7 game against Arizona.
"We’ll see how he responds in the next couple of days, because he actually can get back doing as much as he’s capable of withstanding,'' Donovan said. "So I don’t know if we’ll throw him back in practice right away, but definitely he’ll be put into a situation where he’s got a chance to run, move laterally, shoot, jump all those kind of things and see how much he can actually do don’t think there’s anything too serious. He dealt with it in high school and the doctor he saw didn’t feel like he needed surgery. And that doctor and our doctors talked a little bit about what needs to be done, and at least right now everybody’s on the same page about what to do rehab-wise. Then we’ll see how he responds in the next couple of days. So I don’t know if we’ll throw him back in practice right away, but definitely he’ll be put into a situation where he’s got a chance to run, move laterally, shoot, jump all those kind of things and see how much he can actually do.''