November 1, 2006

Insider Report: Weatherford back in the saddle

Weatherford gets good news, practices (By Jim Lamar, The Osceola)

Florida State quarterback Drew Weatherford returned to practice on
Wednesday, his spirits lifted by positive news from three MRI tests that showed what he described as a damaged tendon in his right foot. Though he was limited during the practice session, Weatherford was
happy just to be back on the field.

"I did a lot more than I thought I would be able to do," Weatherford said.

Weatherford said he thought his season was over last week when he first injured the foot. He experienced similar pain in his left foot two years ago; that injury was a torn tendon that ultimately required
surgery during the spring of 2005. This time, Weatherford said the MRI results are painting a different picture.

"It's a lot of inflammation and it's real irritated in that area, but they don't see any split or tear in the tendon which is a good sign," he said. "It's still irritated and I need to be real cautious with it."

Weatherford, a redshirt sophomore with 20 career starts, said he could be available for action this week if called upon. He has already been named the backup to Xavier Lee for Saturday's game against Virginia. FSU coach Bobby Bowden said he was happy to see Weatherford back in action, even if it was limited duty.

"We did let him get some work," Bowden said. "It was better. We'll put him back in the boot and hope he feels better [today]. I'm sure he'll be sore."

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