Buried in the Palm Beach Post’s story about Tim Tebow not practicing on Monday is this:
UF sources said Monday that even if Tebow is medically cleared to play, he likely will sit in favor of backup quarterback John Brantley.
Urban Meyer said yesterday that even if Tebow does practice this week, he won’t be taking any hits. Which is the wrong way to reintroduce a concussion victim back into football, according to a neurology expert:
“The first hit you take is not in the game. It should be in practice,” said Cantu, a clinical professor of neurology at Boston University and a pioneer in concussion research over the past three decades. “Normally, it’s better if the athlete has practiced the week that they’re going to play. And generally speaking, that’s certainly the ideal situation, so that you’ve taken hits during that week and you know that the hits that jar you are not producing symptoms.”
So, yeah: all medical and logical signs point toward Tebow sitting out this week. Although neither of those necessarily come into play when we’re talking about Florida’s biggest regular season game of the year.