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Sunday February 12, 2012 Yeguete (2nd concussion of the season), Rosario (hip pointer) won't play at Alabama; Larson to return

Updated: 9:43am, February 13

 Yeguete concussion

GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Sophomore forward Will Yeguete, who suffered a concussion in Saturday’s home loss against Tennessee, has been ruled out of playing Tuesday night when the Gators travel to Alabama.

Yeguete, who slammed his head into the basketball standard after a blocking a Volunteers shot early in the game, needed 10 stitches to close a cut above his right eye. He stayed at home Sunday while the Gators practiced and was told to avoid bright light as well television, video games, computers, even books.

Rides on airplanes following head injuries aren’t recommended, either.

“There are procedures you to have to follow,” UF trainer David “Duke” Werner said. “Obviously, you have to be careful with something like this.”

Especially for a player who suffered his second concussion of the 2011-12 season. Yeguete got the first from a forearm from Ohio State center Jared Sullinger when the two teams played on Nov. 15, but Yeguete passed the on-site tests and continued to play in that game. Yeguete, however, was held out of the ensuing game, a Nov. 17 date against North Florida.

How many games the team's leading rebounder and best low-post defender could miss this time will be determined by his recovery. After Alabama, UF’s next faces Arkansas on the road Saturday.

The Gators (19-6, 7-3) also will be without backup guard Mike Rosario, the team’s top scorer among reserves at 7.9 points per game, when they face the Crimson Tide (16-8, 5-5). Rosario missed the UT game with a hip pointer and did not practice Sunday. Though he’ll try to practice Monday and make the trip to Tuscaloosa, Coach Billy Donovan said Rosario would not play regardless.

Freshman center Cody Larson, another absentee against the Volunteers due to a stomach virus, returned to practice Sunday and definitely will be needed off the bench against the Tide.

As for UF's workout Sunday, it was demanding, spirited and one of the best practices of the season, according to Donovan. That's exactly what the Gators coach wanted to see after some lackluster practice sessions last week leading up to losses to No. 1 Kentucky and then against Tennessee, the team's first home loss in 19 games.

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