Vernon Hargreaves provided Gator Nation a scare on Thursday night when he went down with an apparent knee injury. Hargreaves had to be helped off the field, where trainers applied ice to his left knee before Hargreaves was ultimately carted off the field and taken for a MRI.
The UAA released a statement from Will Muschamp saying that Hargreaves injury was simply a bone bruise and that he would be listed as day-to-day moving forward.
Update from @CoachWMuschamp: “An MRI revealed that Vernon Hargreaves suffered a bone bruise and he is listed as day to day.”
— GatorZone Football (@GatorZoneFB) August 8, 2014
Reports from other news outlets say that Hargreaves was trying to break up a scrum between teammates on the far field at the Dizney lacrosse fields where the team was practicing. I did not see Hargreaves, or the scrum that was even described as some as a “brawl” (c’mon, seriously?), so I can’t speak to just how Hargreaves was injured.
I did watch as Hargreaves was helped off of the field and examined by trainers. Hargreaves looked frustrated as he tried to walk it off but struggled to do so with a very noticeable limp. He then had his knee wrapped heavily with ice and his leg elevated. Between period 10 and 11 most of the defense came over and sat near Hargreaves, lending support for their teammate.
It was quite obvious just how much Hargreaves means to his teammates.
Florida dodged a bullet with the news that the injury appears to be minor. Injuries are never good, Florida fans know this all to well after 2013 but if there is a silver lining it is that there is even more opportunity for the freshmen cornerbacks to get reps that they will need to get up to speed before the games begin at the end of the month.
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