Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Tebow Likely a Late Call; Meyer's Not Saying If QB Will Play; Many Involved in Evaluation

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Tebow Likely a Late Call; Meyer's Not Saying If QB Will Play; Many Involved in Evaluation

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Byline: MICHAEL DIROCCO

Whether Florida quarterback Tim Tebow has been medically cleared to play against LSU might not be announced until the Gators offense trots onto the Tiger Stadium field for the first time on Saturday night.

UF coach Urban Meyer said Wednesday that the school's medical staff told him to start game-planning as if Tebow would play, but it will be several days before Tebow could be cleared.

"I think that this will not be a decision made today," Meyer said on the Southeastern Conference's weekly teleconference. "After [Tuesday's] practice I was told to game-plan with the intent that there's a chance that Tim could play. All the other stuff, we'll make decisions as we get closer.

"Is it an advantage, us not telling? I'm not worried about that right now. We're game-planning as if there's a chance Tim could play. There's a chance he won't play. That's going to be pretty much the response until the foot hits the ball down there."

Meyer also said he would consider not playing Tebow even if Tebow was medically cleared if he had any concerns about Tebow's health.

One of those could be a problem with the noise that's generated at 92,400-seat Tiger Stadium.

People who suffer concussions can be sensitive to light and noise for some time after the injury. Meyer said Tebow was cleared to return to practice on a limited basis because he was not having any symptoms, but Tebow would not be cleared to play if any symptoms return. …

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