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Gators RB out indefinitely with viral infection

Matt Jones, Will Muschamp AP

Florida quarterback Jeff Driskel is already out for possibly up to two weeks because of appendectomy surgery, but at least his timetable for return is relatively clear.

Gators running back Matt Jones? Not so much.

Will Muschamp said Thursday that Jones is out indefinitely with what’s being called a “serious viral infection.”

“We’re filling [Jones] full of antibiotics and how his body responds will tell me how quickly he can come back,” Muschamp said, adding that he wouldn’t know “until the end of next week” what the definitive timetable would be.

It’s a tough loss for the Gators right out of the gate, especially since it’s unclear when Jones will be back. The sophomore had 275 yards and three touchdowns last year, but a strong spring had people buzzing about his potential in the backfield this season. His absence likely means more carriers for Mack Brown and Kelvin Taylor during camp — and possibly into the season depending on just how long “indefinitely” turns out to be.

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6 Responses to “Gators RB out indefinitely with viral infection”
  1. jrs45 says: Aug 1, 2013 10:23 PM

    Well we certainly know he didn’t get it from Mr. Cooper lol.

  2. blakebuchanan87 says: Aug 2, 2013 6:34 AM

    Antibiotics are used to fight bacterial infections and add zero benefit to fighting a viral infection.

  3. phinswinafceast says: Aug 2, 2013 10:03 AM

    wtf, if this team suffers anymore serious injuries, then it won’t even be a game come week 2 in the orange bowl. I want this team to be at full strength. I definitely want to beat (or get beat by) a good gators team at full strength, and not be playing against their second stringers in these key positions of qb and rb. Here’s hoping week 2 will live up to its billing

  4. thraiderskin says: Aug 2, 2013 3:19 PM

    Wow… I hope this kid gets through this, there is some scary crap out there, hopefully this infection doesn’t become deadly.

  5. mouse1151 says: Aug 2, 2013 11:50 PM

    R u kidding me Miami fans . We will beat u with any of r qb’s , we still have 2 capable backs. The canes would be the 10 th best team in the s.e.c. Good luck your going to need it against us. 21-7 gators and I’m being nice with that score. Gator bait

  6. duval24 says: Aug 3, 2013 1:48 PM

    matt jones go be one of the best backs in the country. he’ll be rdy by week one

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