Patchan returns, Nixon out for No. 4 Florida

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Florida’s Matt Patchan is back at practice, but the player competing with him at left tackle is out with a knee injury.

Coach Urban Meyer says sophomore Xavier Nixon, who started the final five games last season, is having his left knee checked and could miss fourth-ranked Florida’s opener Sept. 3 against Miami (Ohio).

Meyer says the injury is “nothing major,” but adds that it “might be a couple weeks.”

Patchan sat out the last two weeks because of a broken bone in his right wrist. He was in a cast last week, but Meyer says he has returned to practice. Patchan is not participating in full-contact drills, though.

Defensive tackle Brandon Antwine (concussion) and receiver Justin Williams (shoulder) also are sidelined. Meyer expects Antwine back this week.

Received 08/23/10 08:30 pm ET