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Florida Gators' Tim Tebow improving but not cleared for LSU game

GAINESVILLE — Tim Tebow looks better, feels better and is showing no outward residual effects of the concussion he suffered Sept. 26 against Kentucky, but the Florida senior quarterback remains questionable for Saturday's game at LSU.

Florida coach Urban Meyer said Monday that Tebow has not been medically cleared to practice or play, and he doesn't have a timetable for a decision.

"Tim looks a lot better," Meyer said. "It's not quite been nine days, but he does look better and continues to work with our doctors and training staff. We're doing a phenomenal job. Other than that I don't know. Those things are day to day."

Meyer said Tebow's headaches have been gone for several days, but his status remains unchanged.

"He has not been cleared (by the UF medical staff)," Meyer said. … From what I understand, there's no symptoms, and I think he's cleared to act like Tim Tebow. Everything but practice right now."

Tebow underwent multiple tests last week, Meyer said, and was tested most recently Friday, Sunday and Monday.

"I don't ask, but they are saying it's very positive," Meyer said.

Tebow's weekly news conference was canceled Monday, but he has resumed normal everyday activities such as reading the playbook and watching TV.

Last week, Meyer said there was no set timetable for Tebow's return and that he had earned the right to play whether he was back in time for significant practice time or not. On Monday, he backed off a bit.

"Those are hard questions, and I can't answer that," Meyer said. "I'll know in the next two days. … Can Tim play quarterback at Florida against a very good defense without practicing? It's going to be as we move on."

The Florida players are preparing for now with backup John Brantley, who spent last week and Monday working with the starters.

"All I know is he's Tim Tebow, and my money's on him," running backs coach Kenny Carter said.

Special teams gunner and CB Moses Jenkins also suffered a concussion in the UK game, and Meyer said he'll be missed if he can't play.

"He's not as advanced as Tim right now, and he's an integral member (special teams), especially with who we're facing this week," Meyer said. "I'm really worried about that one as well."

Hit me up: Two years ago, LSU fans made national headlines when they got hold of Tebow's cell phone number and spent the week texting and calling him. They've done it again. Among the recipients of the calls and text messages are Brantley and senior WR Riley Cooper.

"Oh, they didn't get me," junior CB Joe Haden said. "But it's pretty bad; they had my boy Coop. They got him pretty good. He was just laughing about it."

Brantley said he hasn't received any death threats but admitted the calls and text messages have been "quite a few."

"I just ignore it, put it down," Brantley said. " … They haven't been bad (threats); it's just a little annoying."

Hoping for Tebow: LSU coach Les Miles is hoping for a Tebow return. Miles said last week that in a perfect world he'd like Tebow to play this week and on Monday further expressed concern.

"Certainly, we're saddened that Tim Tebow was injured," he said. "It's the worst thing about college football; you don't want injury. You don't want it for your opponent. You don't want it for yourself. I'm certain that they'll do the right things for him, and they'll have a great quarterback playing for Florida anyway. … Tim Tebow is great for football. He's great for Florida. If he's healthy and capable, we'd love to compete against him."

Antonya English can be reached at english@sptimes.com or (813) 226-3389.

Florida Gators' Tim Tebow improving but not cleared for LSU game 10/05/09 [Last modified: Monday, October 5, 2009 10:05pm]
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