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Tim Tebow, Joe Haden, Major Wright all ill; travel separately to Lexington



For weeks, Florida coach Urban Meyer has been saying he's confident that backup quarterback John Brantley is ready to play, if necessary.

He may have to find out for sure today at Kentucky.

Florida starting quarterback Tim Tebow, CB Joe Haden and S Major Wright are all ill and took a separate plane to Lexington on Friday. Haden is the team's leading tackler.

Florida has been ravaged by illness since last week, with nearly a dozen players and assistant coach Billy Gonzales all suffering from various symptoms often related to the flu. Meyer said on Thursday the team has been dealing with two issues: respiratory-like symptoms and stomach-related illness.

Tebow's status for tonight's game, Florida's first on the road this season, is unknown. Because of the risk of making other players sick, Haden, Tebow and Wright traveled separately.

After last week's Tennessee game, Tebow was asked about the illness spreading through the team and whether he was concerned. He said he wasn't worried, and like the rest of the team he was taking precautions to stay well.

Tebow also added that he couldn't imagine any scenario where he might be too sick to play.

Brantley has played in two games this season. He is 18-of-24 for 202 yards and three touchdowns, with a passing efficiency of 189.95. But those weren't SEC games and both were in the friendly confines of Ben Hill Griffin Stadium.

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 1:19pm]


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