Gators dealing with more injuries

GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- The Florida basketball team is not exactly a picture of health right now heading into Southeastern Conference play. Casey Prather is still recovering from flu-like symptoms, Erik Murphy is getting stitches and Mike Rosario is out indefinitely.

UF coach Billy Donovan said Prather, who has missed the last three games, practiced on Thursday and should play in the 14th-ranked Gators' game at Tennessee on Saturday. Murphy had to get stitches after he was elbowed above the right eye in practice on Thursday but should be able to play against the Vols provided he doesn't develop concussion-like symptoms.

Rosario's situation is a bit different. He missed Tuesday's UAB game because of a sprained ankle, an injury he sustained during the Yale game on Dec. 31. Donovan said the reserve guard, who is averaging 9.0 points and 2.3 rebounds per game, will undergo further tests to make sure the injury isn't more serious.

"I'm not sure when we'll get him back, what kind of availability he has for practice [on Friday]," Donovan said. "Obviously if he doesn't practice tomorrow he's not going to play. We're trying to maybe get him looked at by a doctor, take an x-ray, MRI to see if there's anything more to it than what we think it is.

"Until he feels like he can go and move and put pressure on it, we're just kind of moving forward without him."

Rosario has already missed two games last month with a strained lower back.

Prather, who is averaging 2.3 points and 2.3 rebounds, did not make the trip to Rutgers game on Dec. 29 and didn't play in UF's victories over Yale and UAB.

Murphy, who is averaging 10.6 points and 4.7 rebounds per game, got hurt Thursday when he and center Patric Young went up for a rebound. Donovan said Young's elbow hit Murphy just above his right eyebrow. Murphy left practice early to get stitches.

"I don't think he'll miss practice tomorrow and I don't think he'll be out for the game," Donovan said. "The biggest thing you worry about in those situations is any time a guy gets hit there is are there any concussion-like symptoms, and he's not having that right now."