- David M. Hale, ESPN Staff Writer
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Rashad Greene will be on the practice field this afternoon as Florida State opens fall camp, but he won't be at full speed for another week after undergoing an appendectomy two weeks ago.
The sophomore receiver was home in Albany, Ga. when he was began experiencing symptoms of appendicitis and was taken to the hospital, head coach Jimbo Fisher said. The appendix never ruptured, so doctors were able to remove it without invasive surgery, and Greene's recovery figures to be brief.
Fisher said Greene, who led Florida State in receiving last season despite missing four games, has been training for the past week after taking a week off from workouts.
"We're going (to be) precautionary ourselves the first week to make sure we don't overload him," Fisher said. "But he's at 70, 75 percent. Two or three practices, maybe a week -- he should be going."
Other notable injuries still lingering from this offseason:
Freshman running back Mario Pender has a groin issue and is at about 50-60 percent, Fisher said. Pender is on the periphery of the battle for the starting tailback job, and the injury certainly won't help his chances, but Fisher said the freshman will get some work as he recovers. "He's not out," Fisher said. "He's going to practice. He'll do certain drills and hopefully increase by a couple and see how it goes."
Pender is fourth on Florida State's depth chart at running back at the moment. The top spot belongs to senior Chris Thompson, who hasn't taken a snap since injuring his back against Wake Forest last October. Thompson missed all of spring practice, but Fisher said the senior, who has 1,048 rushing yards and nine touchdowns in his career, has enjoyed a healthy summer and is 100 percent as camp begins. "Chris said he hasn't felt this good since he can't remember when," Fisher said. "He changed how he trained, changed a lot of things in our routine we did with him."
Receiver Greg Dent will start slowly this week after having his knee scoped last month. "We've been extremely pleased with Greg's recovery," Fisher said. "I think Greg has a chance to have a really good year. He'll be practicing in spurts today and hopefully in another week he'll be full go and ready to go."
Redshirt freshman Derrick Mitchell will likely miss the next six to eight weeks after having surgery on his back, Fisher said. The defensive tackle, who missed part of spring practice with a knee injury, was having a strong summer, according to Fisher, but aggravated a back injury he initially suffered in high school. "He could probably get through the season with it, and then do it afterwards, but it could have a chance to be worse," Fisher said. "So he said why not fix it now, be out about six to eight weeks and be back before the middle of the season."
A gruesome ankle injury kept Jacobbi McDaniel off the field for the bulk of last season and all of spring practice, but Fisher said the defensive tackle is 60- to 70-percent recovered and will see work in practice beginning today. McDaniel, a senior, remains a potential redshirt, however, depending on how well the injury appears healed during camp. With plenty of depth at tackle, McDaniel has a redshirt option and could sit out the season to fully recover before rejoining the mix on the defensive line in 2013.
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