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Keeping injured players involved with the team is a delicate balance



Munroe,_Dorian Florida safety Dorian Munroe has been recovering from a torn ACL since the last week of August.

Wide receiver Carl Moore's back injury has kept him sidelined since he underwent a surgical procedure during preseason camp.

OL Matt Patchan tore his ACL last week and is out for the season.

And freshman receiver Andre Debose went through all of preseason injured before he underwent surgery on Sept. 16 to repair damage to his hamstring.

For Florida coach Urban Meyer, rehab for those and other injured players isn't just about what the doctors and trainers prescribe. Meyer said it's imperative to keep injured players feeling as though they are still a vital part of the team, or ultimately they may not make it all the way back.

"It's on the individual,'' he said. "You can get lost. We make them come to meetings. When we first got here we made a mistake that I didn't realize what was going on. Some guys (who were hurt) weren't going to meetings. The worst thing that can happen to a football player is all of a sudden he sits at home and he watches TV or Sponge Bob or whatever the heck those guys watch and they are not around the football team.''

At Florida, Meyer said injured players must come to meetings on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday so "when it's time for them to play we can say go play.''

Munroe, who is recovering from his second ACL injury, is expected to possibly return before the end of the season.

"I'm sure he'd like to get back quicker, but he's a few weeks out,'' assistant coach Chuck Heater said. 

Safety Major Wright said he talks with Munroe daily and that he remains upbeat and optimistic about his return. Moore was expected to be back by now, but Meyer has said he may be forced to take a medical redshirt.

Meyer said his biggest concern for Debose right now is keeping him focused while he's out.

"He's a great kid,'' Meyer said. "He has to remain focused. He's not the most focused guy.''

[PHOTO: Dorian Munroe]


[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 1:22pm]


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