Florida QB Graham Mertz might avoid surgery

Florida quarterback Graham Mertz received some positive news about his fractured left collarbone.Gators coach Billy Napier said Monday that further testing revealed that Mertz’s nondisplaced fracture may be able to heal without surgery.Mertz was injured with 2:09 remaining in the third quarter of Saturday’s 31-33 loss at Missouri.”We took another image yesterday and felt good about that image,” Napier said. “You know, we’re gonna basically go a two-week period here, we’re gonna give a chance for the fracture to start the process of growing back, and then we’ll re-evaluate things.”In the meantime, we’re going to do exhaustive research on like cases in college football and the National Football League relative to players that have been through similar injuries, just making sure we’re giving him the best map for him going forward through the rest of his career.”