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October 18, 2013
10/18 Orange & Blue News
In order to make sure Florida Gators-related news stories don't fall through the cracks, once or twice a week Orange & Blue News will keep you up-to-date with the latest goings on in the world of University of Florida athletics.
Gators redshirt junior quarterback Tyler Murphy was rumored Friday to potentially miss Saturday's game against Missouri after failing to practice much throughout the week due to a shoulder injury suffered against LSU. Multiple members of the ITG staff confirmed that Murphy was bothered by injury throughout the week but would still play on Saturday. The Gainesville Sun's Pat Dooley concurred via a Twitter post, though Robbie Andreu of the same paper spoke to Murphy directly while the two were in Gainesville Regional Airport. "Murphy said he practiced all week and his shoulder is fine. No pain," Andreu wrote on Twitter. "Don't know where the rumor came from, but Murphy said he's good to go."
Although Murphy's potential injury would be the most concerning, it does not appear as if redshirt junior Sam linebacker Ronald Powell will be able to play, at least not if appearances are to be believed. Powell was spotted in the airport wearing a protective boot and was held out of practice this week with an unspecified ankle injury. Should he be unable to go, senior Darrin Kitchens would likely start in his place. Redshirt junior Neiron Ball would also see an increase in snaps.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Jeff Demps injured his groin last Sunday and went under the knife Thursday, according to head coach Greg Schiano. The exact groin injury and surgery Demps had, along with his timetable for potentially returning to the field, are all unknown at this time. In two games this season, Demps has a carry for 14 yards, three receptions for 21 yards and four kickoff returns for 93 yards.
On the other side of the injury spectrum, Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Percy Harvin will practice next week for the first time this season, according to NFL.com's Ian Rapoport. Harvin had hip surgery in August and was not expected to start practicing for another week or two with a return date likely around Weeks 10-11. Now there appears to be an outside chance he will be on the field next Sunday for Seattle's Week 8 game against the St. Louis Rams on Monday Night. The Seahawks are already 6-1 this season without a wideout anywhere near Harvin's caliber currently playing. A healthy Harvin would separate Seattle even further from the rest of the NFC.
Resting at home and unsigned by NFL franchises, wide receiver Chad Johnson and running back Chris Rainey got into a spat on Twitter this past week. Asked by a fan if he was faster than Rainey, Johnson said he would "spot Rainey 10 meters in the 200 and catch him on the back end." Rainey responded; "y not the 60m then and I'll give u 2 yards too. How much $ lol dead AZZ tho." Rainey soon added: "I can't believe ochocinco call me out, put ur money where ur mouth is. I'm always ready to race. Nth less than 20k, hope u bout that life." There is no question that Rainey could definitely use that $20,000 payday, but it is obviously doubtful that Johnson would ever actually go through with the challenge as Rainey would smoke him on the track.
Starting this week for the Chicago Bears will be linebacker Jon Bostic, who takes over for injured starter D.J. Williams and will likely man the middle for the remainder of the 2013 season. Bostic already got a vote of confidence over the weekend from veteran LB Lance Briggs but also got some praise by former Chicago LB Brian Urlacher this week. "I don't think he's going to have any problems. I think he's going to be a good player," Urlacher told CSN Chicago. He also said that Briggs calling the defense will take some pressure of Bostic's shoulders. "He's so lucky to have Lance playing next to him this year."