GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Forward Casey Prather participated in non-contact work during Thursday’s practice and is listed as “questionable” for Saturday when the seventh-ranked Florida Gators (14-2, 3-0) hit the road for a Southeastern Conference date at Auburn (8-6, 0-3).
Prather, who leads UF in scoring at 17 points per game and whose 62.4 field-goal percentage tops the SEC, has missed the last two games with a bruised bone in his right knee.
Just how Prather got the injury remains something of a mystery. The 6-foot-6 forward from Jackson, Tenn., woke up the morning after UF’s 74-58 defeat of South Carolina on Jan 8 with a swollen knee, though he left the floor that night feeling fine. The Gators’ health staff reviewed tape of the game and saw nothing to tip them off regarding the source moment of the injury.
Still, the Gators were able to win two SEC games minus Prather, defeating Arkansas on the road in overtime Saturday and Georgia at home Wednesday, using two different starting lineups.
UF trainer David “Duke” Werner cleared Prather for the first part of practice Thursday, which was exclusively non-contact, but had him sit out the full-go scrimmage sessions and eventually sent Prather to the training room for more treatment.
Prather’s status is not likely to change before the 4 p.m. tipoff at Auburn Arena, with Werner and Coach Billy Donovan probably making a decision whether to play Prather depending on how the player looks and feels at the morning shoot-around.