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Thursday, January 8, 2009
A quick update on Harvin's ankle

By ESPN.com staff
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Chris Low

MIAMI -- I just got back from the field watching Percy Harvin warm up.

 
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  After warming up, Percy Harvin,  left, didn't appear to show signs of his ankle injury.

In short, he looked like a guy coming off a high ankle sprain -- nothing like his old self, but not horrible, either. There was a Florida radio report Thursday that Harvin tweaked his right ankle in practice this week.

I asked a couple of different Florida officials about that report, and they said only that nothing had changed about his status. Florida coach Urban Meyer said on Wednesday that Harvin would play in the game.

The junior running back/receiver came out for warm-ups a lot later than the rest of the Florida skill players. When he did hit the field, the Florida fans in that end zone let out a loud cheer of relief. Harvin caught one short pass, turned and ran up the field a little gingerly. He then ran on his own over on the sideline, high-stepping to try to get loose.

When the entire Florida team returned a few minutes later for warm-ups, Harvin was with them and looked better. He was smooth in running his routes and didn't show any signs that the ankle was bothering him while catching passes from Tim Tebow.

Harvin hasn't had any contact since he injured his ankle against Florida State on Nov. 29. He said earlier this week he expected to be about 90 percent.

In one other note, senior tight end Cornelius Ingram is dressed and going through all the pregame warm-ups with the Gators. He said the doctors wouldn't clear him to play for this game after tearing his ACL during the preseason. But he did say he hopes to get into the game at the end when the Gators are kneeling the ball down in their Victory formation.