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December 20, 2013
12/17 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 forward Mike Miller, now back with the Memphis Grizzlies, looked to severely sprain his ankle during the fourth quarter of Tuesday's game. The injury looked so bad, in fact, that Miller's lower leg came down on his entire ankle, pushing it horizontally on the court. Even though the injury appeared to be incredibly gruesome, Miller was back in the lineup the next night. He hit 3-of-5 three-pointers, grabbed four boards and dished two assists. Though he struggled earlier in the season, Miller has been much better as of late and has been averaging around 27 minutes per game.
Although he rejoined the team in the regular season, Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Percy Harvin has not been back on the field since taking 20 snaps on Nov. 17. He had a setback with his surgically-repaired hip and is now expected to miss the final two weeks of the season in order to get healthy for the playoffs. Seattle will not have any problem working him into the fold, especially at kick returner, and Harvin could be a great shot in the arm for a team that is already considered by most to be the favorites coming out of the NFC.
Tight end Jordan Reed, on the other hand, has already been ruled out for the season due to post-concussion symptoms (not like the Washington Redskins were making the playoffs anyway). Reed got knocked out in the first quarter of his team's Week 11 contest with a concussion. He has not played since. The injury is obviously very concerning for the first-year player who was opening eyes across the league. Reed registered 499 yards on 45 receptions and also caught three touchdowns before being knocked out.
On Thursday, the United States Women's National Team announced the program's "All-Time Best XI," in other words, the best 11 players to ever suit up in an American uniform. Among those 11, of course, was former Florida striker Abby Wambach, who is one of three active players that made the list. Wambach has her sights set on the 2015 World Cup and is expected to retire at some point after that event, which is set for June 6 to July 5 that year.
Ruffling some feathers is nothing new to Chicago Bulls forward Joakim Noah, who scored a season-high 23 points on Thursday as his team fell to the Oklahoma City Thunder 107-95. After the game, Noah accompanied Thabo Sefolosha into the locker room, which set Oklahoma City center Kendrick Perkins off. "They just let anybody in the locker room?" he reportedly screamed. "Get your ass up out of here." Noah promptly left without causing a further problem. More importantly, he has been playing much better as of late after starting the 2013-14 season trying to find his bearings.
Surprisingly, the Jacksonville Jaguars released defensive end Jeremy Mincey last week, just days after he returned to the team and played in a game following a two-game suspension for a violation of team rules. Mincey, who was signed to a big contract after putting together a career year in 2011, had not been starting in 2013 under a new coaching staff. The Denver Broncos, which have Mincey's former boss Jack Del Rio as their defensive coordinator, pounced on Mincey, who said he is excited for a new opportunity. "I feel like it was destiny, really. I was going through a lot, and I know my potential. I just couldn't show it while I was there," he told USA Today.