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Gaffney still hot over altercation

Wide receiver Jabar Gaffney had a few more words about Wednesday night's Bourbon Street altercation with some Miami players.

Gaffney said the Hurricane players approached the group of Gators in a club and yelled expletives. The situation escalated from that point into a situation the police confirmed involved 12 to 15 people.

"They just came out challenging us," Gaffney said. "Like we are supposed to be scared of them because they are from Miami."

Gaffney also confirmed that Miami's Al Blades was one of the initiators of the exchange.

OUTDOOR PRACTICE: Because of the New Orleans Saints playoff game, the Gators were unable to practice in the Superdome. Instead, Florida practiced at the Saints' outdoor facility, where temperatures were in the 30s. While coach Steve Spurrier cut the practice to about an hour, one player didn't seem to be affected: quarterback Rex Grossman.

"He throws very well in cold weather," Spurrier said. "He came out here with no sweat shirt, shorts. I question his intelligence, but he said he's practiced in this weather many a times in Indiana. It didn't seem to bother him."

NO TURF PROBLEM FOR GRAHAM: While the AstroTurf in the Superdome may be causing injury problems for some players, tailback Earnest Graham prefers the hard turf.

"I played basketball longer than any other sport, baseball or football," Graham said. "I'm just very comfortable on that surface. It's a lot better for changing direction and taking off."

The last game the Gators played was on the turf of the Georgia Dome during the SEC Championship, where Graham rushed for 169 yards on 19 attempts.

INJURY UPDATE: Gaffney (knee) practiced and should be ready to go, while safety Daryl Dixon (ankle) did not practice but should play. OL Max Starks (knee) is not expected to play.

_ DEBI JONES

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