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Cincinnati freshman released from rehab center

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CINCINNATI (AP) -- A receiver from Florida who was severely injured in a traffic accident has been released from a rehabilitation center and visited his Cincinnati teammates Tuesday.

Freshman Mark Barr of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., is making steady progress in his recovery. Coach Tommy Tuberville said that he's still got months of healing ahead.

''He has made a lot quicker recovery (than expected) to this point,'' Tuberville said. ''Now, he isn't near close to walking around campus and going to class on his own and all of the little things we all take for granted. He is a long way from there.

''He has gotten to this point and everything that's going to happen after this point is going to be very slow.''

Freshman offensive lineman Ben Flick of Hamilton, Ohio, was killed in the one-vehicle accident Sept. 21 after a 14-0 win over Miami University in Oxford. The driver - an 18-year-old Miami student - also died.

Barr and receiver Javon Harrison, from suburban Dayton, were passengers. Harrison was treated at a hospital after the accident and released.

The three players were redshirting and didn't travel with the team. They had attended the game on their own and were heading back to Cincinnati.

Barr was in a hospital intensive care unit for a month after the accident. In October, he was moved to a rehabilitation center in Cincinnati to continue his recovery. Tuberville was excited to see him at the team's training facility Tuesday. Barr's jaw was wired shut after the accident, but he's had the wires removed so he can start eating solid food again.

''He's got a lot of work to do,'' Tuberville said. ''He's not on solid food yet, but hopefully by the end of the week he will be and have an opportunity to start gaining his weight and strength back.

''But he looks good. He looks real good, considering what he's been through the last eight weeks. We're proud to see a lot of progress out of Mark. And he'll be around all of the players and coaches now, and that will even enhance his rehab.''


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