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Details of Harvin's surgery sound pretty scary

LINK to my feature story on UF defensive tackle Javier Estopinan in today's paper.
LINK to Mike McCall's practice notebook in today's paper.
LINK to former Gators DE Derrick Harvey finally ending his holdout with the Jacksonville Jaguars.

GAINESVILLE -- Florida coach Urban Meyer shed some light on Percy Harvin's offseason surgery yesterday. The process sounded pretty scary and the surgery was apparent a very delicate procedure.

"The original thing was to drill some holes to encourage bleeding and healing and when they found out the had a growth on the bone that was causing issues of tendonitis in his knee and hip they went to North Carolina and they took off a good chunk of bone, which is a pretty difficult surgery," Meyer said.

Thoughts and opinions are welcomed on Harvin's surgery and his playing status. I'd be surprised if he returns to action in a full-time basis before Tennessee.

Understandably, UF and Harvin are being careful with the injury. Harvin did not participate in fall camp or two-a-days and only this week returned to practice on a limited basis. Harvin played in 7-on-7 drills on Tuesday and Meyer said there is a chance Harvin could play against Hawaii.

--Meyer said on Tuesday that back-up quarterback Jonathan Brantley has a staph infection in his throwing arm. The infection will not affect Brantley's playing status, according to Meyer. Gotta think Newton is the first option off the bench now.

--Redshirt senior kicker Jonathan Phillips is the projected starter on Saturday. An interesting side note about Phillips: He turned down a chance at law school at the University of Miami to return for his final season with the Gators. Phillips, who received his undergraduate degree in finance, is attending graduate school at Florida. If plans on reapplying to law school next year.

Phillips was injured last season when freshman reserve cornerback Moses Jenkins collided into Phillips' knee during a routine special teams drill.

-jo-

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