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Starting Gator LB, CB out a month; Powell suffers rehab setback

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Florida’s win over Texas A&M this past weekend showed it may have the talent to be a season-long player in the SEC East race, but it also came with a steep price.

Head coach Will Muschamp confirmed Monday that linebacker Jelani Jenkins and cornerback Cody Riggs will miss somewhere in the neighborhood of four weeks due to a broken thumb and fractured foot, respectively.

Jenkins broke the thumb on the very first drive of the game and didn’t return to the playing field. ¬†While Jenkins will be forced to undergo surgery, Riggs will not.

If the two players are indeed out for a month, all three games they could potentially miss would come against SEC teams — at Tennessee, and home against Kentucky and LSU, with a bye coming the week after the game with the Tigers.

Unfortunately for the Gators, negative injury news on the defensive side of the ball isn’t just limited to players who have played this season.

Starting defensive end Ronald Powell suffered a torn ACL during the spring and there was hope, after it initially looking like the season-ending variety, that the former five-star recruit could return as early as October. ¬†That won’t be the case, though, as Muschamp said the defensive lineman suffered a setback in his rehab from the injury and will likely take a redshirt for the 2012 season.

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9 Responses to “Starting Gator LB, CB out a month; Powell suffers rehab setback”
  1. gogatorsjohn says: Sep 10, 2012 2:32 PM

    Geesh, that’s tough. I am glad the Gators won the game at least so it wasn’t a total disaster but it came at a price.

  2. bigdinla says: Sep 10, 2012 5:21 PM

    Why is a broken thumb keeping a LB out of that many games? Cast it and play sweetheart!

  3. houndofthebaskervols says: Sep 10, 2012 9:20 PM

    Oh great, now the Gators will have an excuse for the Vols laying 40 points on their arse! Oh well.

  4. going4iton4th says: Sep 10, 2012 10:27 PM

    Never count out a wounded team much less a Florida Gator team! It’ll be interesting to see what occurs in a good old fashioned SEC slugfest on game day!

  5. alligatorsnapper says: Sep 10, 2012 11:56 PM

    No way Jelani will miss a game with a thumb/hand in a cast. He’ll play with it. With a fractured foot, Cody will miss some weeks, because you can’t motor the way he needs to without it.

    Gators got moving and showed determination to change the rhythm of the game. Of course A&M learned that in the SEC a game is played for 60 minutes, but they seemed to have that problem last season as well.

  6. pricecube says: Sep 10, 2012 11:57 PM


    I hate to say it but the Gators have pretty much pwned us for the last four decades. The Vols are 6-20 versus the Gators over that time period… 4-20 if you exclude the Ron Zook era. Whichever coach loses, expect their seat to increase in temperature. The Gators really do not take well to losing (*see Zook above)…

  7. pricecube says: Sep 11, 2012 12:10 AM

    In retrospect I am not sure anyone could be “pwned” until at least the late 90’s… but they have dominated the rivalry for longer than I care to (or can) remember… Volfans consider this game one of our biggest rivalries… pretty sure the Florida ppl do not feel the same. They always win… let’s hope that changes Saturday.

  8. gatorsandsteelerssuckbigblackclocks says: Sep 11, 2012 12:42 AM

    Dont let that record fool you, as a vol living here in FL it’s clear who florida sees as its biggest rival. Big orange gonna turn the tide saturday.

  9. gogatorsjohn says: Sep 11, 2012 2:31 PM

    I still consider UT a rival but definitely has fallen and others such as LSU has taken its place.

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