Gators confront key injuries as they prepare for Kentucky

jsmith3@herald-leader.comSeptember 25, 2013 

Florida Coach Will Muschamp said Wednesday that senior defensive tackle Dominique Easley will miss the rest of the season because of a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee.

Earlier in the day during the Southeastern Conference teleconference, Muschamp was hopeful the injury, suffered in a non-contact drill, would be minor.

"Test results have revealed that he suffered a tear of both his ACL and medial meniscus, which will require season-ending surgery," Muschamp said after practice.

The head coach said it was not the knee Easley had ACL surgery on previously.

Easley has been a key cog in the Florida defense for multiple seasons, starting 26 games and recording 72 tackles, 18 for a loss with 5.5 quarterback sacks, a blocked punt and a recovered fumble.

Also Wednesday, Muschamp said running back Valdez Showers looks doubtful and confirmed that tight end Colin Thompson will miss Saturday's game at Kentucky with a foot injury.

Gators defensive lineman Leon Orr (shoulder) was expected to practice Wednesday as was defensive back Marcus Roberson (knee).

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