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Decision to shelve Florida Gators receiver Andre Debose nearing

GAINESVILLE -- University of Florida football coach Urban Meyer indicated on Monday that freshman receiver Andre Debose might need surgery to correct an injured hamstring.

Meyer said Debose's injury is "very unique" but UF's coach was vague in describing the ailment. Meyer called it a "problem" with one of Debose's hamstring tendons and said a decision will be made in the next 24 hours on whether or not the freshman has surgery. 

"It's certainly not career ending, is what they told me," Meyer said. "It's just, do you fix it or do you give it time? He's had a lot of time."

Sounds like surgery to me. If that's the case, Debose will likely be redshirted this season.

Now, here's something to consider. If there's even a chance that Debose's body can heal itself, shouldn't UF allow that to happen? Give it two months to heal. If Debose is ready after two months, then he can still help the team this season. If Debose still needs surgery after two months, then perform the operation in November. There will still be plenty of time for Debose to rehab before next season.

-jo-

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