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Wednesday November 27, 2013 DeVon Walker has a foot sprain, status is day to day

Updated: 6:38pm, November 27

DeVo GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- DeVon Walker sat on the sidelines during Wednesday practice.

And he was OK with that.

“I was afraid it was a fracture,” Walker said.

Instead, X-rays on the right foot the 6-foot-5 sophomore guard injured less than two minutes into Monday night’s win at Jacksonville came back negative. Walker, who started the season’s first six games and averaged four points and 1.5 rebounds, suffered a foot sprain and now is listed day-to-day, which means he could practice as early as Thursday as the 15th-ranked Gators (5-1) get ready for Friday night’s game against Florida State (5-1) at the O’Connell Center.

“I’m not really sure where he is,” UF coach Billy Donovan said. “It could take 10 days, it could take a couple days. A lot depends on how he responds. I think the biggest thing [was] just making sure it wasn’t a break or a tear and they’ve eliminated all those things, so that’s a positive sign.”

The loss of Walker from the Florida rotation -- he averaged 25.4 minutes through the first five games -- was softened by the return of senior point guard Scottie Wilbekin, who made his season debut in the 86-60 defeat of the Dolphins and scored 12 points, grabbed five rebounds and carded seven assists Monday. The Gators are still without freshman Kasey Hill, their starting point guard in the first four games. Hill is currently sidelined with a right ankle sprain suffered Nov. 18 in a win over Southern.

But there was good news on the Hill (10.3 points, 4.2 assists per game) front Wednesday. After watching practive and another session of treat, the training staff cleared him to go without his walking boot. No, he will not play against FSU and is an extreme longshot for Monday night's date at Connecticut. The Gators are holding out hope Hill could return for their monstrous Dec. 10 showdown against currently No. 2 Kansas in the Big 12/SEC Challenge at the O'Dome.

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