Posted by Chip Patterson
Florida linebacker Neiron Ball is expected to miss the 2011 season after being treated for arteriovenous malformation, according to a local report.
Ball's brother-in-law told the Orlando Sentinel that the sophomore was healthy, but "probably going to miss next season" because of the extensive treatment. Arteriovenous malformation (AVM) is a condition in which an abnormal connection forms between the arteries and the brain. Ball was hospitalized on Feb. 15 when a blood vessel burst in his brain. After diagnosis, Ball underwent "radial surgery" -- which the report compares to radiation treatment -- and has been slowly working his way back to 100 percent.
Ball played in every game of the 2010 season and was likely going to be in the mix for a starting job in the fall. He did not practice in the spring but will return to campus in August. At that point, Ball and new head coach Will Muschamp will determine the best plan for his return to the field, if that is an option.