Florida’s Kitchens released from hospital

Florida linebacker Darrin Kitchens has been released from a

hospital after being diagnosed with a concussion.

The sophomore from Homestead was injured on a kickoff during

Saturday night’s loss against rival Florida State. He was strapped

to a backboard, carted off the field and taken by ambulance to

Shands Hospital for evaluation.

The helmet-to-helmet hit left him motionless for more than 10

minutes as team trainers and paramedics stabilized his neck. All

tests were negative for a neck injury.

Kitchens, a backup, has 21 tackles in 12 games this season.

Quarterback John Brantley, running back Chris Rainey, defensive

tackle Dominique Easley, tight end A.C. Leonard and guards Jon

Halapio and Kyle Koehne also were injured during the game.