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Tue. October 5, 2010 | Eduardo A. Encina

TAMPA -- Plant RB/DE James Wilder Jr. received good news Tuesday evening when the results of an MRI exam showed no structural damage to his left knee or ankle.

Wilder has been diagnosed with a high left ankle sprain, doctors told Plant coach Robert Weiner on Tuesday. He will miss this week's district game at Gaither, but Weiner hopes Wilder can return the following Friday when Plant hosts Spoto.

Wilder, a five-star recruit who is ranked the No. 3 prospect in the nation by Rivals.com, was injured in the second quarter of Plant's 17-0 loss to Armwood Friday night at Dad's Stadium.

Weiner said Wilder will remain immobilized this week and begin therapy next week.

Senior running back Calvin Mann, who has 209 yards on 25 carries (8.4 yards per carry), will likely step into the starting role at running back for Wilder against Gaither.

Despite rushing for just 34 yards on seven carries against Armwood, Wilder is still averaging 100 yards a game (68 rushes, 502 yards, six TDs) and has been the focal point of the Panthers’ offense.

-- EDUARDO A. ENCINA (eencina@sptimes.com; Twitter: @EddieHometeam)

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