Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Gators still dealing with the flu

Being a Gator + living in Gainesville = having the flu.

Maybe we got it at the game, but one half of the eye black has been battling the flu since Sunday night (which we found a bit ironic in that Tebow lost one of his eye black patches in the Tenn game), and now the other eye black has gone down. We are now working on reserves.

So here's the story on the Gators flu/injury report. Light posting for the next couple of days.

No matter how many times Florida's players wash their hands or take advantage of the Purell dispensers surrounding them, illness is still affecting the Gators.

After having three Gators playing under the weather in Florida's 23-13 win over Tennessee on Saturday, coach Urban Meyer said Tuesday that six more players have come down with some sort of sickness.

"We’re battling a little bit right now," Meyer said.

Starting linebacker A.J. Jones, defensive end Earl Okine, receiver Justin Williams, running back Mike Gillislee, safety Josh Evans and offensive lineman Shawn Schmieder were all held out, Meyer said.

It's too early in the week for Meyer to know if any of the six will be available when Florida (3-0, 1-0 SEC) plays Kentucky (2-0, 0-0 SEC) this weekend.

Running back Jeff Demps, tight end Aaron Hernandez and defensive end Jermaine Cunningham, who were all sick Saturday, are still recovering, Meyer said.

Receivers coach Billy Gonzales ran a 104-degree fever Monday, but Meyer said he was coaching at practice with a mask and gloves on.

The recent rash of illnesses reminds Meyer of last season when nearly 10 players went down with ACL injuries. Meyer said sickness isn't as extreme and that all the necessary steps have been taken to keep this team as healthy as possible.

"We’re alright," he said. "We've just got to get ready. We’re doing what we gotta do. We control what we can. Guys are wiping down everything. We’re doing everything we can."

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