Florida Gators offensive lineman Matt Patchan underwent a second surgery this week to further repair damage to his right wrist, and the prognosis is positive that Patchan will be able to return to the field possibly for spring practice, Florida coach Urban Meyer said Wednesday.
Patchan fractured his wrist during preseason drills in August and has missed the entire season. Patchan underwent surgery in August, but continued to have problems with the injury for the past several months.
The 6-foot-6, 292 pound Armwood graduate was in position to earn a starting position when he was injured, and offensive line coach Steve Addazio has said his absence has greatly affected the play on the offensive line. Meyer said he hadn't spoken with Patchan as of Wednesday morning, but had been given a positive report by the medical personnel.
"It's all positive,'' he said. "It was an injury that just never improved. We feel real confident, and so does Matt and his family, that he should be ready to crank it up - maybe not full contact in spring but real close to that. And we need him.''
Patchan's Florida career has been marred by injuries. He played the first four games of the 2009 season before suffering a season-ending knee injury in September. He was also sidelined for the final three games in 2008 with a leg injury.
A few weeks prior to suffering his wrist injury, Patchan said he was in the best shape of his life and felt as healthy as he's been since arriving at Florida.