Ball Has Procedure; Injuries Mount at RB

Florida linebacker Neiron Ball had a medical procedure for a congenital issue and all is expected to go well for the sophomore from Georgia. Florida head coach Will Muschamp said the program is worried about his health and not his future as a player at this time. Muschamp also talked about the mounting injuries at running back and other places on the field.

This was supposed to be a season where Florida linebacker Neiron Ball got his chance to try and make a big impact on defense. Right now, none of that matters as he is healing from a medical procedure in his head that will sideline him indefinitely from the sport.

Will Muschamp told the media Tuesday that things went well as far as the procedure goes and everyone in the program just wants Ball to get better.

"Neiron Ball had a procedure today," Muschamp said. "He will be fine and we are working through that with him and his family. It is an unfortunate situation and he is a fine young man.

"Things happen sometimes that you don't understand. He has handled this as well as you can handle it. We are all praying for him and his family. He will be fine. The prognosis is very positive and we feel very comfortable about where he is right now."

Muschamp said that his future on the football team is not important and something they won't even ponder at this time.

"I am not worried about his football future," Muschamp said of Ball. "I am worried about his overall health right now. The least part of my mind right now is worried about his football future."

The injuries at the running back position called the 'H-back' in this offense have started to mount. Freshman Mike Blakely has missed the entire spring recuperating from a shoulder injury that needed surgery. Junior Mike Gillislee was injured last week and will miss the rest of the spring. Friday, according to Muschamp, freshman Mack Brown went down with a broken bone and he will miss the rest of the spring.

"Mack Brown sustained an injury Friday in practice," Muschamp said. "It is a broken fibula which is the non-weight bearing bone. It is a three month procedure and he will be fine. His father was in town Saturday and he will have his surgery on Wednesday.

"Mike (Gillislee) still has a little bit of a stress fracture. We are holding him right there. He could probably work through it, but we need to get him healthy. Those guys needed spring, it is unfortunate, but we will deal with it and move on."

That leaves just two scholarship players that are getting the bulk of the reps. Senior Chris Rainey is said to be having a great spring and sophomore Trey Burton is getting time at the H position right now.

"Trey is working some at the H, Chris Rainey is, and we have a few other guys (practicing) through there," Muschamp said. "Trey was working some third down previously for protection reasons. That is where we are and what we have to work through. We are just a little thin there."

Right now, other players listed out for spring include senior cornerback Janoris Jenkins (shoulder, senior defensive tackle Jaye Howard (ankle), and sophomore defensive end Kedric Johnson (knee).

Muschamp said, sophomore receiver Andre Debose "has a sprained ankle and is going to be fine," intimating that he will be back very shortly this week.

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