A number of Florida Gators have suffered injuries over the last few days but detailed updates on three student-athletes in particular have been released this weekend.
Gators sophomore linebacker Darrin Kitchens, playing coverage on the opening kickoff of the second half during the tilt with Florida State on Saturday, was hit had and laid motionless on the field for nearly 10 minutes Saturday evening. He was eventually placed on a stretcher and carted off to the locker room.
Florida announced Sunday morning that Kitchens was taken to Shands Hospital for further evaluation. Doctors determined that he suffered a concussion during the game but luckily all tests done on his neck came back negative.
Kitchens was released late Saturday night and is said to be doing fine.
Gators head basketball coach Billy Donovan also updated the respective statuses of junior forward Erik Murphy and sophomore guard/forward Casey Prather on Saturday.
Donovan said Murphy, who bumped knees with a teammate in practice Thursday prior to the Jacksonville game, has a tear in his meniscus and will be out indefinitely.
The extent of Murphy’s tear and a determination as to whether or not he will need surgery will give the team a better idea of how long he will be out of action, but he is expected to return at some point this season.
Prather pulled his groin during practice Thursday but was able to participate in shoot around and play the first half of Friday’s game. However, he felt some discomfort while on the court and sat out the second half.
Donovan said that Prather has been cleared to return to practiced on a limited basis but his status for Monday’s game against Stetson in Orlando, FL is to be determined.
Florida may choose to rest Prather during Monday’s contest in order to have him fully healthy before UF travels to face No. 5 Syracuse on Friday.