Florida's Darrin Kitchens released from hospital; John Brantley has concussion
UPDATE: Florida QB John Brantley suffered a concussion in Saturday night's game, according to his father, but is doing "fine" today.
Florida LB Darrin Kitchens has been released from Shands Hospital in Gainesville after tests revealed he did not suffer a major injury to his neck.
Kitchens was injured on the opening kickoff of the second half of Saturday night's 21=7 loss to Florida State after he collided in a helmet-to-helmet hit. He was taken off the field, immobilized on a motorized cart and taken to Shands for tests and observation. Florida athletic officials said tests on his neck were negative, but he was diagnosed with a concussion.
Kitchens made his first start against Furman last week and had a team-high 12 tackles.
Kitchens was motionless on the field for more than 10 minutes before he was taken away, giving the thumbs-up sign as he rode off.
“It’s always scary when you deal with something like that,’’ Florida coach Will Muschamp said. “A good, clean hit on their part.”