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Thursday October 17, 2013Yeguete, Carter, Frazier cleared for limited practice

Updated: 9:02pm, October 17

Frazier GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Billy Donovan had a smile on his face during Thursday’s practice. That’s because he actually had a basketball team to coach.

Nearly a full one.

Senior forward Will Yeguete and junior guard Eli Carter, the transfer from Rutgers, both were cleared for limited contact drills, while tests to determine if sophomore guard Michael Frazier (pictured right) had mononucleosis came back negative and allowed him to take the floor, as well.

“We got some guys back today,” Donovan said.

Not completely back, but the situation for the Gators, the No. 8 team in the USA Today Coaches' preseason poll released Thursday, was better than it was earlier in the week when the team had to scrimmage four-on-four.

Yeguete Yeguete (left) is rehabbing from offseason knee surgery and was limited to spurts of possessions. Same with Carter (below right), who suffered a season-ending broken leg at Rutgers last February and has been slow to return to his normal gait.

UF trainer David “Duke” Werner has timelines for both players, but those plans include heavy doses of caution and patience. Donovan double-checked with Werner at various times during practice to make sure Yeguete and Carter had not overworked themselves.

“The fact that Will is doing a little more, and Eli is doing a little more, those are good things,” Donovan said. “If we can get our numbers back to where they need to be -- become a healthy team -- obviously we’ll have a chance to get much better.”

Werner said Frazier showed all the symptoms of mono earlier in the week -- Patric Young had it early in the fall semester last year -- and really threw a scare into the staff. Mono could have sidelined UF’s best outside shooter for up to six weeks.

“For Frazier to complain about not feeling well even for one second, that told me something,” Werner said.

The good-news tests results came back Thursday, and Frazier was cleared for practice. Eli

He looked good.

“And I feel pretty good,” Frazier said. “Much better than the other day.”

The news on the health front wasn’t entirely upbeat. Junior forward/center Damontre Harris, the transfer from South Carolina, spent most of the practice in the training room getting treatment on his sore hamstrings. Werner intends to proceed with caution there, too.

Also, sophomore guard Dillon Graham rolled an ankle during practice, was carried off the court and did not return. The swelling was substantial, so his status will be evaluated again Friday.

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