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Matt Patchan's injury lingering much longer than anticipated



It has been more than two months since OL Matt Patchan fractured his wrist during two-a-day practices in August. At the time, Florida coach Urban Meyer expected Patchan to be out about 2-4 weeks.

But the injury has lingered, and with an offensive line that has been hit hard with injuries (James Wilson, Xavier Nixon and Maurice Hurt among them) Patchan's absence has hit the Gators hard.

"He’s got a broken wrist, then they had to reset it,'' Meyer said this week. "He’s improving. It's week to week, it’s out of our control.''

Patchan, who has battled multiple injuries during his Florida career, has had his cast removed, but continues to try and regain strength, while also struggling to get himself back into football playing shape. Meyer said he had expected to have Patchan back by now.

"Yeah, it has (taken longer than originally anticipated),'' Meyer said. "That injury happened during two-a-days, then it didn’t heal correctly and he went and had surgery. It’s healing correctly now, it’s just taken longer. And then the one thing about linemen, the whole time he’s not lifting. So once you get him back he’s working hard on just making sure he maintains his strength and gets stronger.''

[Last modified: Wednesday, October 13, 2010 9:24am]


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