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Thursday February 28, 2013 Gators basketball team all healthy ... for all of 32 minutes

Updated: 11:25pm, February 28

GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- For the first time since Oct. 13 -- a run of 138 days -- the Florida Gators had all 15 of their players available for a practice Thursday.

And then there were 14.

injured Gators Freshman guard Michael Frazier was rendered virtually incapacitated by back spasms just 32 minutes into the workout. He had to be carried to the training room for icing and treatment.

“That didn’t take long,” assistant coach John Pelphrey said.

Fortunately for the Gators, it’s not expected to take long for Frazier to be back on the court. The 3-point shooting specialist from Tampa has had his back lock up before due to spasms and responded positively to treatment.

No. 8 Florida (22-5, 12-3) leads the Southeastern Conference by one game over Alabama (19-9, 11-4). The two play Saturday at noon at the O'Connell Center.

“He should be fine,” trainer David “Duke” Werner, the program's MVP of late, said of Frazier before pausing for effect. “Hopefully.”

Meanwhile, junior forward Will Yeguete made it through his first practice since undergoing knee surgery Feb. 5 without incident. Werner eased Yeguete back into drills, subbing him every third repetition or so. After the practice there was no swelling -- that was the team's biggest concern -- to the right knee that was in so much pain earlier in the month due to floating bits of cartilage.

“It felt good,” Yeguete said afterward. “Really good.”

Junior forward Casey Prather also was back to work after a collision in Tuesday night’s loss at Tennessee opened a cut above his left eye. Prather needed five stitches to close the bloody gash. He practiced with a bandage covering the wound.

Before Frazier left the floor in the arms of assistant Rashon Burno and video coordinator Oliver Winterbone, the Gators had a full complement of players for the first time since Day 2 of practice -- about 4 1/2 months ago -- when center Damontre Harris, a transfer from South Carolina just starting his redshirt year, suffered a torn labrum falling to the court.

Along the way, Prather, Yeguete, Frazier, Kenny Boynton, Mike Rosario and Erik Murphy had missed practices for injury reasons.

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