GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Florida will be much closer to full strength against Miami when the two teams meet on Sept. 7. Starting running back Matt Jones should be back, and starting middle linebacker Antonio Morrison's suspension has been shortened to one game, Will Muschamp announced Monday.
Sophomore starting middle linebacker Antonio Morrison will not be suspended for the Miami game in Week 2.
Jones was scheduled to have more bloodwork done on Monday, and Florida's staff has been pleased with his recovery from a viral infection.
"I certainly think he'll be available next week," Muschamp said. "He's getting some more bloodwork done today, and as we work through it unless we have some sort of setback, I certainly think that's going to happen."
The sophomore has been "running, cutting and lifting" but has not yet returned to pads with the team. Muschamp is hopeful that will happen soon, but doctors are being cautious to avoid "a relapse" of the illness.
Meanwhile, Morrison was initially set to serve a two-game suspension following a pair of offseason arrests. The charges from the second incident, which were interfering with a police animal and resisting arrest without violence, were dropped following the release of police video of the arrest.
"After a thorough review of Antonio Morrison's situation and how he has handled his punishment, I'm going to suspend him for this game only," Muschamp said. "I just don't feel like his actions warranted a two-game suspension. That's where we are with that."
Some of Morrison's punishment included spending an entire practice on Aug. 10 running stadiums in full pads while the rest of the team scrimmaged.
Muschamp said he met with Morrison to let him know his suspension would be shortened and he'd be available to play at Miami.
"He was very remorseful about the entire situation," the third-year coach said.
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