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Wed. July 21, 2010 | Eduardo A. Encina

Riverview football coach Bruce Gifford could miss the opening of fall practice after having surgery this week to repair a detached retina.

Sharks offensive coordinator Dourest Robinson said Gifford will need at least three weeks of recovery time. He had been having vision problems for some time, and hoped to wait until the end of the season to treat it, but his sight became so bad that he went to the doctor on Monday and had surgery Tuesday morning.

"He tried to wait until the end of the season with everything being so busy now," said Robinson, who will handle the day-to-day duties of the program in Gifford's absence. "But he knew it was time. I told him, 'Just get healthy, man.'" 

Robinson said Gifford, who will begin his third season as Riverview's head coach this fall, has had a partially detached retina in the past.

Riverview will depend of many young players this year after losing 27 seniors from last season's 3-6 squad. Just six starters -- three offensive and three defensive -- return this fall and the Sharks lose their leading passer, top two leading rushers, leading receiver and top two leading tacklers. Robinson, who was the running backs coach at TBT last year, is in his first year as Riverview's OC.

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