Florida Gators head coach Urban Meyer met with the media Tuesday after practice and shared a few notes on the injury status of two offensive players. Redshirt sophomore running back Chris Rainey, who re-injured his shoulder during Saturday’s game against the Georgia Bulldogs, returned to practice on a limited basis and has been upgraded from questionable (50%) to probable (75%) for this weekend’s game against the Vanderbilt Commodores. The news was a little more confusing for redshirt sophomore wide receiver Deonte Thompson who has only totaled nine receptions for 163 yards and three touchdowns on the season. Meyer said Thompson practiced with a “chip on the rib” and did not provide any details.
In what is further proof of media and college football fans overreacting to something without learning the full story, senior wide receive David Nelson insinuated to the press Tuesday that fellow senior linebacker Brandon Spikes has received more punishment than just a half-game suspension. “Coach Meyer did what he thought was right,” Nelson said, “and he’s also doing some other stuff in house that nobody knows about.” When team business is taken care of “in house,” that can often include things like wind sprints, stadiums, up-downs, extreme weight training before and after practice and a variety of other punishments as well. Meyer has not been as light on Spikes as is being advertised.