Wow, last week felt like it went on forever, didn't it?
And while Tim Tebow is presumably recovering nicely from his concussion -- "ahead of schedule," per Urban -- there are a couple of essential unknowns... and possibly unknowables:
*Will Tebow be recovered -- or recovered enough (presuming there is no magic "100 percent recovered" diagnosis from any reputable doctor) -- to be cleared to play against LSU?
*If Tebow isn't cleared, what does the projection look like of when he WILL be cleared? Arkansas week? More? (Secondarily: How does Brantley size up in preparing to start at LSU?)
*If Tebow is cleared, to what extent is he cleared to play -- can he not run, not run headfirst, not take a sack? (Begs the question: If Tebow can't play like Tebow, is he really "recovered?")
That last point is huge: It was Urban himself who said Florida won't play him "'til Tim is Tim." Well, not being able to run 12-15 times per game if necessary -- and headfirst -- is not "Tim."
Alligator Army kicks off LSU game week by calling this "The Most Important Week of Tim Tebow's Career." It is certainly the most uncertain -- there may be no status until Saturday.
The post is worth a read, broken into three scenarios: (1) "Tebow plays, Florida wins"; (2) "Tebow plays, Florida loses"; (3) "Tebow doesn't play."
I would layer on top of that the most critical hypothetical of all: "Win OR lose, what if Tebow exacerbates the concussion?"
That is the thought that has me cringing at the thought of him playing -- let alone taking any kind of hit.
(Remember that it was a freak knee to the head by his own teammate that triggered the concussion, not the hit from the lineman -- even if Florida offensive linemen commit penalty after penalty to avoid Tebow getting hit, what's to stop the freak play -- like last week?)