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Florida’s Chiozza sprains shoulder, could return for opener

NCAA Basketball Tournament - Second Round - Virginia v Florida

ORLANDO, FL - MARCH 18: Chris Chiozza #11 of the Florida Gators looks on in the second half against the Virginia Cavaliers during the second round of the 2017 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament at the Amway Center on March 18, 2017 in Orlando, Florida. The Florida Gators won 65-39. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Florida point guard Chris Chiozza could be back in time for the season opener.

Chiozza sprained his left shoulder in the team’s exhibition game at Jacksonville on Thursday night. Further tests Friday determined he will miss seven to 10 days, meaning he could return for eighth-ranked Florida’s opener against Gardner-Webb on Nov. 13.

Chiozza injured his shoulder in the first minute of the exhibition. He headed to the bench, tried to return and ended up in the locker room. He eventually returned to the bench but did not get back on the floor.

The senior averaged 7.2 points, 3.8 assists and 3.3 rebounds last season in a backup role. He is expected to be the primary ball-handler for the Gators this season.