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Bike accident fells UF guard

Starter Lee Humphrey may be out three weeks with a separated shoulder.

By ANTONYA ENGLISH
Published January 31, 2006


GAINESVILLE - With one starter still recovering from an ankle injury, Florida has lost another to a freak injury.

Junior guard Lee Humphrey was involved in a bicycle accident on campus Sunday and could be out up to three weeks with a separated shoulder. He will not play in tonight's game at Mississippi or Saturday's against Kentucky, coach Billy Donovan said.

"Lee fell off his bicycle, that was pretty much it," Donovan said. "That's all it really is, no car accident or anything like that. It was a freak thing that I feel bad about for Lee, but we've got to try to get him back as soon as we can."

Senior Adrian Moss was in the training room Sunday afternoon when he heard a "commotion" as Humphrey was brought into the basketball facility. Moss said Humphrey looked shocked.

"He was explaining to me there was a dip in the road and he just fell off the bike," he said. "I saw scrapes on his shoulders and a knot, but I didn't think too much of it."

Humphrey was taken to Shands at the University of Florida at Gainesville, where team doctor Peter Indelicato diagnosed the injury as a third-degree sprain.

The No.8 Gators (18-2, 4-2 SEC) play at Mississippi tonight, with forward Corey Brewer, the team's second-leading scorer, recovering from an ankle injury.

"Our options are getting smaller and slimmer," Donovan said. " ... We've got to make do with what we've got. Our team, ever since the Georgia game, we have not been healthy, whether it's been strep throat or injuries. We've had some things we've had to deal with."

Without Humphrey, who averages 10.9 points and is a 49 percent 3-point shooter, Florida must turn to freshman guards David Huertas and Walter Hodge. Hodge is 15-of-21 from the field and 9-of-13 from 3-point range, averaging 19.5 minutes. Huertas averages 10.1 minutes.

"With Lee going down, it's going to require Walter and David to step up and I feel like they are going to be able to do it," sophomore forward Al Horford said. "It's all about staying together and fighting through things together. We're going through some adversity, but I feel like it's a good time for us to come closer. We've got to stay together."