Powell clear for weights in ACL comeback

HOOVER, Ala. -- Florida coach Will Muschamp maintains his belief that buck linebacker Ronald Powell will get on the field in 2012 despite suffering a torn ACL during the Gators’ spring game.

"He’ll play for us this year," Muschamp said Wednesday at SEC Media Days. "When that will be, I don’t know yet. There’s nobody that’s worked harder or handled the situation better or more mature than Ronald has."

Muschamp said Powell, who had surgery on April 23, has been cleared for weight-room activities.

"He’s squatting, doing everything," Muschamp said. "(He has) been cleared for straight-ahead running."

Other injury updates:

Cornerback Jeremy Brown just can’t seem to catch a break. The redshirt junior, who has missed three seasons because of back and shoulder injuries, underwent surgery on Wednesday to repair a fractured wrist. Muschamp said Brown, who started 10 games in 2011, should be cleared for full contact by Sept. 1.

Receiver Stephen Alli is still recovering from spring surgery to repair a stress fracture in his leg. Muschamp said Alli should be cleared by the middle of August.

Freshman safety Marcus Maye is still recovering from surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his knee. Muschamp said Maye should be cleared by the first part of camp.