Meyer: Debose may require surgery

Updated: August 29, 2009, 9:12 PM ET
By Joe Schad | ESPN

Florida coach Urban Meyer told reporters Saturday that freshman wide receiver Andre Debose might need surgery to repair a possible torn tendon in his hamstring.

Debose was ranked No. 17 (and the second-best receiver) in the ESPNU 150 for the Class of 2009.

"We found out there is some damage to his hamstring," Meyer said. "It doesn't happen very often. It's a tendon, and we're going to evaluate the significance of it.

Debose is scheduled to undergo an MRI exam this weekend, according to the Miami Herald. According to multiple Florida media reports, Gators coaches are speculating the injury actually took place in the spring, when Debose ran track at Sanford Seminole High School.

"I just found this out last night. It's not a common injury. It must have happened in that state track meet," Meyer said.

Debose was competing to play the position vacated by Percy Harvin, who played running back, receiver and quarterback in the Wildcat formation.

Among the players who could fill that void are Jeff Demps, Brandon James and Chris Rainey.

Meyer said he would have more details about the injury on Monday.

Also, senior linebacker Dustin Doe has been allowed to rejoin the team. He had been suspended since his July arrest for driving with a suspended license. Doe pleaded guilty to a pair of misdemeanors and sentenced to a year of unsupervised probation, three days on an Alachua County work crew, and $600 in fines.

Meyer said Doe will serve some sort of suspension for his arrest and that he'll announce that punishment next week before Florida opens its season at home against Charleston Southern on Sept. 5.

Doe started three games last season and was bothered by a hernia injury that required surgery. He started 12 of 13 games in 2007.

Joe Schad is a college football reporter for ESPN. The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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