Tebow returns to practice in pads; status against No. 4 LSU unclear
Tebow, who suffered a concussion suffered against Kentucky on Sept. 26, was cleared to practice without contact by a team of physicians that included Pittsburgh-based consultant Dr.
Now, Meyer and his staff must wait for doctors to clear Tebow to play in a game. "He has not been cleared to play in the game Saturday night," Meyer said. "Absolutely not. That has not happened yet."
If doctors clear Tebow, then Meyer and his staff must decide whether Tebow -- who has practiced little since the injury -- gives the Gators the best chance to beat the Tigers. Redshirt sophomore
Last week, Tebow was forbidden from reading or watching television. Meyer said doctors wanted Tebow to avoid focusing on anything for too long. By the weekend, that ban had been lifted. Meyer reported Monday that Tebow was performing well in tests. Meyer said Tebow lifted weights Monday.
Tebow took a baseline test in June to be used as a comparison if he ever suffered a concussion. Florida uses the ImPACT test (link: http://www.impacttest.com/) as well as the Balance Equlibrium Scoring System (BESS) and the Standardized Assessment of Concussion (SAC) protocol. Meyer said Tebow has taken daily tests since suffering the concussion to determine how close he is to his baseline measurements.
Meyer said doctors wanted to re-evaluate Tebow after Tuesday's practice. If all goes well, they'd like to see him try to do more on Wednesday. Whether that will convince them to clear Tebow to play against LSU remains to be seen, but Meyer was pleased with what he saw Tuesday. "He looked like Tim Tebow out there today," Meyer said.