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Florida has cleared quarterback Jeff Driskel and partially reinstated suspended linebacker Antonio Morrison.
The school said Driskel returned to practice Thursday night, throwing passes and taking part in team drills.
Driskel missed the first week of fall practice following an appendectomy, but coach Will Muschamp expected him to return early in camp.
It had been less clear when Morrison would be back. But the Gators said Morrison rejoined the team Thursday, attending meetings and then doing side work at practice.
Morrison, a projected starter at middle linebacker, was suspended indefinitely last month following his second arrest in less than five weeks. He was arrested July 21 for allegedly barking at a police dog. The charges were dropped a few days later. He also was arrested in May for allegedly punching a bouncer. He signed a deferred prosecution deal on that charge.
Muschamp suspended Morrison for the first two games of the season, but added last week that Morrison would return at some point during camp.
Driskel, meanwhile, was cleared by doctors to return to action Thursday, nine days after emergency surgery.
The second-year starter attended the first six days of practice even though he couldn't participate and had been doing everything in meetings.
"It's definitely frustrating," Driskel said last week. "But injuries happen. It's part of life. I'm starting to feel better already. We'll see. Recovery time they said it varies for everybody. We're not going to rush anything. But I don't think I'm going to miss too much."
Driskel started 12 games last season, completing 64 percent of his passes for 1,646 yards and 12 touchdowns. He was the team's second-leading rusher, finishing with 413 yards and four scores. He also broke the school record for rushing yards in a game with 177 against Vanderbilt.
Running back Mack Brown hinted earlier in the day that Driskel would return.
"It's very important because first game is in a couple weeks, so we need our starting quarterback," Brown said. "The offense runs through Jeff, so it's good to have him back."
In other injury news, freshman linebacker Matt Rolin reportedly tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee during practice Wednesday. It was the same knee he had surgery on in January. Florida officials also declined comment on the injury, but Rolin tweeted that "Some things in life just aren't fair."
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GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) Florida quarterback Jeff Driskel felt just fine following his first practice since an appendectomy.
Driskel said Friday he "didn't have any pain, no issues" while returning eight days after emergency surgery.
"Everything felt good in my stomach," said Driskel, who was medically cleared to return Thursday. "I thought I threw the...
Florida has cleared quarterback Jeff Driskel and apparently reinstated suspended linebacker Antonio Morrison.
The school posted a photo on its Twitter page of Driskel throwing passes at practice Thursday, saying ''Good to see No. 6 back out on the field in action tonight!''
Driskel missed the first week of fall practice following an appendectomy, but coach Will...
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- The full-throttled panic that raced across social media platforms has quieted since Jeff Driskel's appendix became talk-radio fodder last week.
Driskel's surgery was a success. Florida's junior starting quarterback, still recovering from his emergency appendectomy, is on track to rejoin his teammates in the huddle soon.
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