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Rainey returns to practice, Patchan may be back sooner than expected



Florida WR Chris Rainey returned to practice on Friday after missing several practices this week due to an accelerated heartbeat.

"Chris Rainey practiced today and looked like he had fresh legs like he should have,'' UF coach Urban Meyer said. "It was not contact, but he'll either be contact (Saturday) or Monday.''

Also, offensive lineman Matt Patchan's fractured wrist may be healing sooner than anticipated. He was expected to miss 10-14 days.

"Good news on him, it's (cast) is going to come off,'' Meyer said. "I think he's going to start running tomorrow. So that's really good
news for him.''

Patchan entered the fall after missing most of last season with a severe ACL injury to his right knee. He was practicing with the starters before he injured the wrist.

The Gators will hold their first scrimmage on Saturday, and Meyer said the Gators will be looking at specific areas.

"(On) offense is going to be playmakers and defense to try to establish a rotation up front,'' he said. "And then I couldn't tell you who our starting linebackers are right now.''

[Last modified: Friday, August 13, 2010 1:26pm]


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