Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Harvin Still out with Pain in Heel; UF's Star Wide Receiver Could Miss All Practices as He Heals from Surgery

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Harvin Still out with Pain in Heel; UF's Star Wide Receiver Could Miss All Practices as He Heals from Surgery

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Byline: MICHAEL DIROCCO

GAINESVILLE - Florida's football team will go through its first full-contact practice today, but it might be a while before Percy Harvin can participate.

Possibly even September.

Gators coach Urban Meyer said the junior wide receiver has suffered a setback in his rehabilitation from offseason heel surgery, and his status for the rest of preseason practice is uncertain.

"There's still some pain there [in the heel]," Meyer said Friday at UF's annual media day. "He had a great three weeks prior to showing up. His last two days were so-so. It's a concern."

Harvin has been rehabbing his heel every day, including spending time running in a pool. However, receivers coach Billy Gonzales said Harvin might not be ready until the Gators' Aug. 30 season opener against Hawaii at Florida Field.

"We'll wait and see, but there's a good possibility," Gonzales said. "The lucky thing is he's been in this system for two years. Eventually we need to get him out there in practice.

"There will be days when he's feeling really good. There will be other days when he'll start to feel a little sore. It's healed extremely well. It is just a question of how hard and far he can do. The plan is to keep pushing him and eventually get him back. Come game time, that is when we need him."

Meyer said last month that Harvin was ahead of schedule in his return from surgery on his right heel to correct a problem with the bone - which really began to bother him during the summer before the 2007 season. Doctors diagnosed the problem as tendinitis, and Harvin played the entire season with the injury, rushing for 764 yards and six touchdowns and catching a team-high 59 passes for 858 yards and four more scores.

Harvin participated in UF's first two practices but was limited to light work on the sideline. The most action he had Wednesday was playing catch with punter Chaz Henry.

Harvin didn't make his scheduled appearance at media day, but junior quarterback Tim Tebow said the situation is beginning to wear on his teammate. …

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