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Florida Gators quarterback Tim Tebow is back; Plus find out who might be used in UF's Wildcat

GAINESVILLE -- Florida Gators quarterback Tim Tebow practiced on Tuesday for the first time since suffering a concussion on Sept. 26 during the Gators win against Kentucky.

Tebow wore full pads on Tuesday and alternated practice time with backup quarterback John Brantley. Both players worked with the Gators' first-team offense. Tebow participated in about 80 percent of practice, according to Florida coach Urban Meyer.

Meyer said on Tuesday after practice that Tebow still hasn't been cleared to play in Saturday's game against Louisiana State although the coach did say that a panel of doctors discussed a timetable for Tebow's return on Tuesday after practice. Meyer indicated that he probably will not announce Tebow's playing status until Saturday, if at all, but all signs seem to be pointing to a return for Tebow in Baton Rouge, La.

"If they say he's ready to go, then we have to make a decision to play him," Meyer said. "I have got to make that clear. He has not been cleared to play in a game Saturday night. I don't think that will happen for sometime yet. He simply practiced a 20-period practice in full pads."

Tebow began running on a treadmill on Sunday, according to Meyer, and the quarterback began lifting weights on Monday. Meyer said that Tebow might undergo drills on Wednesday that would simulate contact to his chest.

"He told us after his workout two days ago -- it was the first time he broke a sweat -- how good he felt," Meyer said.

According to a statement released by the University Athletic Association, a panel of six doctors and UF's head athletic trainer, Anthony Pass, have worked this week to evaluate Tebow's lingering symptoms from the concussion he received during the third quarter of UF's 41-7 win against Kentucky. 

The doctors include Pete Indelicato, a UF athletic association team physician; Jay Clugston, a UF athletic association physician; Patrick Jacobs, a neurosurgeon at Shands Hospital at UF, Bayard Miller, a neurologist at Shands and Mickey Collins, the assistant director of the Sports Medicine Concussion Program at the University of Pittsburgh.

Meyer said that Collins, the internationally respected concussion expert from Pittsburgh, attended practice on Tuesday and observed Tebow. Tebow's medical team will continue to monitor Tebow throughout the week in the chance that his symptoms return. Tebow was hospitalized overnight in Lexington, Ky., after suffering the concussion and experienced headaches for several days after the injury.

"I think if symptoms show up then it delays the whole deal," Meyer said. "What you have to do as an offensive coach and a head coach is prepare in case [Tebow] doesn't (play) and prepare if he does. The good thing is that we have a quality guy right behind him who is a pretty good player."

Meyer said Tebow's father, Bob, has been in the Philippines this week and gets back "soon." UF's coach said he spoke with Tebow's mother, Pam, "the other day."

"I'm sure we'll have a little talk as we get closer to the end of the week," Meyer said.

ETC
--Reserve cornerback Moses Jenkins of Lauderdale Lakes Boyd Anderson did not practice on Tuesday. Jenkins, like Tebow, suffered a concussion against Kentucky. Meyer said Jenkins' recovery is not as far along as Tebow's.

--Reserve safety Dorian Munroe (knee meniscus) of Miami Coral Reef is scheduled to begin practicing next week. Munroe injured his knee during the preseason.

--Defensive tackle Lawrence Marsh (ankle) was limited in practice on Tuesday. Meyer said he practiced "half of practice."

--Defensive tackle Brandon Antwine (shoulder) will begin practicing on Wednesday, according to Meyer. Antwine was limited to individual conditioning work on Tuesday.

--Reserve cornerback Jeremy Brown (back) conditioned on Tuesday.

--Receiver Carl Moore (back) "still has a ways to go," according to Meyer.

--Meyer said that receiver/return specialist Brandon James, tight end Aaron Hernandez or running back Jeff Demps could be used in a Wildcat formation this week against LSU.

-jo-

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