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Wednesday February 23, 2011 Parsons returns to practice; status for Georgia remains uncertain

Updated: 11:52pm, February 23

Chandler Parsons appeared to be walking much better on Wednesday when he showed up for practice.

Other than for a white sleeve he wore on his left leg to keep pressure on his bruised thigh, Parsons showed no signs of needing crutches for much of last week.

Gators coach Billy Donovan planned to test Parsons at practice to see if the deep-thigh bruise he suffered in a collision with teammate Alex Tyus on Feb. 12 against Tennessee is healed enough for Parsons to play Thursday against Georgia.

“We're going to throw him in there a little bit just to see what he looks like and how he feels,’’ Donovan said shortly after Parsons arrived at UF’s basketball practice facility. “My biggest concern as a coach, when you’ve got a guy who has been out 10 or 12 days like this, I just want to see how he responds in a competitive situation. For his confidence, that will probably be a good thing.

“If that goes well, I don't anticipate him starting [against Georgia], but I would anticipate playing him if things went well in practice and he feels good.’’

That’s good news for the Gators, who can clinch the SEC East with a win over the Bulldogs. Parsons missed Sunday’s game at LSU, but the Gators prevailed 68-61 for their first win in Baton Rouge since 2003.

Freshman Casey Prather started in Parsons’ place on Sunday and will likely start Thursday regardless of whether Parsons can play.

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