Rumors were swirling Wednesday morning that one of Florida’s top defensive players, Dominique Easley, had suffered a torn ACL.
During an SEC teleconference late this morning, Will Muschamp stated that Easley tweaked his right knee during practice Tuesday. The “tweak” was of the non-contact variety, which is usually ominous but had the head coach saying “[w]e think he’ll be fine.”
The player, on the other hand, doesn’t sound as optimistic. In a tweet posted to his Twitter account a short time ago, Easley intimated that the injury was significantly more serious than his coach had let on and that his season could very well be over.
“Gatornation thank you for 4 yrs of sticking with me but god has something else planned,” the defensive lineman wrote.
While Easley is a senior, he would be eligible for a medical redshirt as the Gators have played just three games this season. The school has yet to respond to Easley’s seemingly dire tweet.
Even as UF is very deep and talented along the line, the loss of Easley would be significant.
The tackle started 12 games in 2011 — he suffered a torn ACL in his left knee in the regular season finale against Florida State — and 11 last season before starting all three in 2013. He has two tackles for loss this season.
Jim Harbaugh clarifies comments on Colin Kaepernick anthem controversy
Via social media, Jim Harbaugh has attempted to walk back some of his strong talk.
Monday, the Michigan head coach was asked to comment on one of his former San Francisco 49er players, Colin Kaepernick, who kicked up quite the controversy this past week by sitting down during the playing of the national anthem to protest what he believes to be the mistreatment of African-Americans in this country. Not surprisingly, the outspoken Harbaugh didn’t mince many words.
As it turns out, Pankey won’t be alone on the suspension sidelines as WVMetroNews.com is reporting that linebacker Xavier Preston will be suspended for the opener as well. No reason has been given for the punitive measure, and the football program has yet to confirm it.
The third-year sophomore would be eligible to return for the Sept. 10 Youngstown State game.
Preston played in 13 games last season. He has been described as the heir apparent to Nick Kwiatkowski at outside linebacker for the Mountaineers.
Jim Harbaugh doesn’t respect Colin Kaepernick’s decision to sit anthem out
The latest sports controversy has reached college football’s borders.
Colin Kaepernick, as you might have heard, kicked up quite the controversy last week by declining to stand during the playing of the National Anthem prior to a San Francisco 49ers preseason game. The former Nevada quarterback’s words explaining to sit the anthem out served to add fuel to the raging firestorm.
“This is not something that I am going to run by anybody. I am not looking for approval. I have to stand up for people that are oppressed. … If they take football away, my endorsements from me, I know that I stood up for what is right.”
Kaepernick has spent his entire NFL career with the 49ers, and his first coach at the professional level was Jim Harbaugh. Now the head coach at Michigan, Harbaugh was asked Monday about Kaepernick, who helped lead Harbaugh’s club to the NFC championship game in 2013, and his decision to sit on the bench while the anthem played.
“I acknowledge his right to do that,” Harbaugh said according mlive.com. “But I don’t respect the motivation or the action.”
While more forceful and tinged with personal opinion, Harbaugh’s comments are somewhat in line those made by a former Oregon Ducks head coach who’s now in charge of the 49ers.
“We recognize his right to do that,” Chip Kelly said according to the Sacramento Bee. “It’s not our right to tell him not to do something. That’s his right as a citizen.”