Florida wide receiver Justin Shorter was cleared from hospital on Friday after being taken off the field in the Gators’ 29-17 loss to UCF in the Union Home Mortgage Gasparilla Bowl.
In a statement, the Shorter family said, “We are happy to share that Justin is doing well, that it is clear that he is returning home today and that he is on the right track to a full recovery! would like to thank everyone for the outpouring of prayers, love and endless support – he will be fine! Special thanks to all of the UF sports staff and St. Joseph Hospital for their professionalism, care and support they showed Justin and our family. I wish everyone happy holidays and a blessed year 2022! Go alligators! “
Late in the fourth quarter on Thursday night, Shorter picked up a pass from Emory Jones and was hit in the back by UCF defensive back Quadric Bullard, his head snapping back.
Shorter remained motionless on the grass for several moments as medical staff in Florida rushed to help him. Silence filled Raymond James Stadium, as the Florida players gathered around Shorter and the UCF players knelt on their own sideline.
Shorter was eventually transported off the field and taken to hospital.
The junior from Monmouth Junction, New Jersey, has made 41 catches for 550 yards and three touchdowns this season.