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Riggs likely to apply for redshirt

GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Florida defensive back Cody Riggs started for the Gators at nickelback against Texas A&M, and with De'Ante Saunders out for the first two games for undisclosed reasons, it looked like Riggs could make a push to be in the regular rotation in the defensive backfield.

Junior defensive back Cody Riggs is likely to apply for a medical redshirt in 2012 due to a broken right foot.

Instead, he broke his right foot against the Aggies and has been out ever since.

He was initially projected to return in 4-6 weeks, which would have put him back somewhere between the LSU and South Carolina games. But the weeks have come and gone without the junior making his return to the lineup.

Now, it's looking more likely he won't be back at all this season.

"Cody and I sat down on Tuesday. I talked to his family," coach Will Muschamp said. "Right now, probably would apply for a medical (redshirt) based on the time in the season left, but I told him I can’t make any promises for the simple reason of injury."

Riggs should be able to get a medical redshirt fairly easily if he cannot play again this year, since he played in only a game and a half, well within the required limit by the NCAA.

The nickelback has had the boot off his right foot since the South Carolina game, but he has been unable to consistently practice since getting it off.

“He’s come back, I guess last week and practiced Monday a little bit, but then went Tuesday and tried to go on it," Muschamp said. "It just one of those deal when you’re dealing with a foot. We feel like it’s healed properly and now we’re at the point in the season, all right, where we are at."

Barring a slew of injuries in the secondary, the Gators are deep enough to make it through the rest of the year with Riggs on the bench.

So right now the best course of action for Riggs is to take it easy and focus on fully getting back up to speed.

"He’s not as full speed as he has been, let’s just say that," Muschamp said. "He’s not playing as fast as he’s capable of playing. I’m not going to put a player out there that’s not going to play as well as he can play. It hasn’t healed as fast as maybe we thought."

While the medical redshirt isn't a sure thing yet, there's little reason to believe the Gators will see Riggs back on the field in 2012.

"We’ve got to just kind of continue to evaluate the situation," Muschamp said. "We've made no 100 percent decision yet at all. That’s probably where we’re heading.”

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