Florida LB Neiron Ball Expected To Miss 2011 Season

Sophomore Florida linebacker Neiron Ball landed in Shands Hospital's ICU back in February where he's underwent treatment for a "congenital vascular condition," after a blood vessel ruptured in his brain.

After four days in the hospital, Bell recovered but did not participate in spring practice or the Gators. His brother-in-law has now told the Orlando Sentinel that its likely Ball will miss the upcoming 2011 football season as well as he continues to recover.

"He's healthy. He's fine," Myricks said. "He's probably going to miss next season."

Myricks said the coaching staff has been supportive throughout the process. "We're all appreciative to coach (Will) Muschamp, the doctors, the staff, everybody," he said.

Ball played in all 13 games as a freshman for Florida, recording 10 tackles. He was expected to compete for playing time at linebacker as a sophomore.

Ball is expected to return to school in August, even if he doesn't play football.

For more on Ball's condition and Florida Gators football, check out Alligator Army.

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