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Riverview's Gifford plans to be back by first day of practice

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Mon. July 26, 2010 | Eduardo A. Encina

Riverview football coach Bruce Gifford, who had two serious emergency eye surgeries last week, said he expects to be back on the field for the first day of spring drills on Aug. 9.

Gifford had surgery Tuesday to repair a detached retina in his right eye, then underwent another procedure on Wednesday to close a small leak in the back of the eye. He still can't see out of his right eye.

"They won't know for six to eight weeks how much of my sight will return," Gifford said via text message. "I will have to be careful since I can't see anything on my right side and can't take any hit for months."

He said he will have to be on a golf cart for the first day of practice. On game days, he will have an assistant coach on his right side so he doesn't get blindsided. He will also have to wear an eyepatch to avoid anything getting in his eye.

"It will be a huge adjustment," Gifford said.

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