Florida quarterback Tim Tebow released from Kentucky hospital, is back in Gainesville
Florida quarterback Tim Tebow was released from Kentucky Chandler Medical Center in Lexington Sunday morning after spending the night for observation after he suffered a concussion in Saturday night's 41-7 win over Kentucky.
"Tim is doing fine this morning," head coach Urban Meyer said in a statement released Sunday morning. "His CT scans came back and indicated that Tim suffered a concussion. Our medical and athletic training staff will continue to monitor him to determine how much rest and recovery he needs. We will have additional information and updates this week."
Tebow was flown back to Gainesville early Sunday afternoon.
The Gators are scheduled to practice in a limited capacity this week because there is no game this Saturday, but whether Tebow will practice at all remains to be seen. Florida will travel to LSU for a pivotal SEC contest on Oct. 10. If Tebow is unable to play, backup quarterback John Brantley said he’s “mentally ready’’ to step in and lead the Gators.
Leading Kentucky 31-7, with just under four minutes remaining in the third quarter, Tebow was knocked out of the game after he was sacked by Kentucky defensive end Taylor Wyndham, then crashed the back of his head into the left knee of teammate Marcus Gilbert as he fell.
Tebow lay motionless on the ground at Commonwealth Stadium for approximately two-to-three minutes before he was helped to his feet and walked off with the help of Florida medical personnel.
Tebow's injury stunned the crowd of 71,000 and left his teammates worried.
"I was thinking either a bad neck, spinal injury,'' senior LB Ryan Stamper said. "Mainly with the neck and spine because he just wasn't moving. A lot of guys get concussions or knocked out, but kind of get up and just don't know where they were at. He was just knocked out cold, wasn't moving or anything. I've never eally seen nothing like that before, especially from him. It was kind of shocking.''
Wyndham told he Lexington Herald-Leader he doesn't want to be considered as a bad guy because of what happened.
“I really don’t want to be known as ‘that guy’,’’ Wyndham said. “When I got up and saw he was hurt, I was kind of upset about it. . . It was a good hit, a clean hit. I’m sorry he got hurt. I wish the best for him.’’