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Florida Gators running back Rainey should play despite groin injury

GAINESVILLE — While there is still no answer regarding the status of Percy Harvin's sprained right ankle, another Florida playmaker is banged up.

Redshirt freshman running back Chris Rainey, one of those expected to step in if Harvin can't play in Saturday's SEC title game against Alabama, left practice five minutes early Thursday with a slight limp.

Coach Urban Meyer called it a slight groin injury that might require surgery after the season but said it will not hinder Rainey, the Gators' leading rusher with 654 yards who also has four touchdowns, on Saturday.

"What they do is just treat it. Our trainers do a heck of a job," Meyer said. "That won't affect him during the game.

"He's had it for (about) five weeks now."

As for Harvin, Meyer had little to update. The junior running back/receiver did not practice again and continued to work out in the pool.

The goal is to put Harvin through a light workout today to gauge his readiness, but Meyer said he doesn't have specific expectations.

"I won't put a stopwatch on him or anything like that," he said. "But if he can play, he'll play."

Florida: vs. Alabama, SEC Championship Game, 4 p.m. Saturday, Atlanta, Ch. 10

USF: at West Virginia, 8 p.m. Saturday, ESPN2

FSU: Likely Champs Bowl, vs. a Big Ten team, 4:30 p.m. Dec. 27, Orlando, ESPN

Florida Gators running back Rainey should play despite groin injury 12/04/08 [Last modified: Sunday, December 7, 2008 11:41am]
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