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Florida linebacker Ronald Powell injures knee again and won't return this season



The devastating ACL injury Ronald Powell suffered in the spring will now keep him off the field for the 2012 season.

Powell, a junior LB, has been undergoing rehab and was said to be progressing faster than expected, but Florida coach Will Muschamp said Monday that Powell has reinjured the knee and most likely will redshirt this season.

"Ronald Powell sustained a recurring knee injury during his rehab,'' Muschamp said. "He is being re-evaluated next week. He’s got some swelling on the knee. We took the MRI, probably a little too much swelling to really tell where he is right now and we’re gonna re-evaluate him next week. Very disappointed for him; really a setback as far as where he is and where we thought he would be at this point, as accelerated as his rehab has gone, talking to him this morning and his parents throughout the weekend, more than likely Ronald will redshirt this year. It’s just disappointing for him, a guy that’s mentally has been a rock. It’s been amazing how he’s handled the process and he’s handling it again very well. We’re not, again, the diagnosis is not totally final yet. We want to look at it again next week but certainly it’s put a speedbump in the recovery process. Disappointed for him and us.”

Powell, a native of Moreno Valley, Calif., started 12 games for the Gators last season.

[Last modified: Monday, September 10, 2012 5:10pm]


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