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Gators DL Leon Orr to miss Missouri game as Florida battles flu bug



Florida DL Leon Orr will miss Saturday's game against Missouri after being hospitalized earlier this week with flu-like symptoms.

“Right now for the game, Leon Orr will be out,'' Florida coach Will Muschamp said. "He has gotten really sick. He’s going to be fine. He’s got about a 72-hour deal. He had to go and get some fluid in him and things. He’s going to be fine.''

OL Xavier Nixon (twisted knee) and Lerentee McCray (ankle) are both questionable, but Muschamp said he expected them to practice today, and after moving around, believes they'll play.

"I think when we get them out on the field today and move them around, "I would expect both of them to play at this point unless something changes,'' Muschamp said. "I think both of them will be able to get out there and play. Other than that we should be good to go.”

Muschamp said the flu bug has affected several players, although the medical staff tries to remove sick players from the rest of the team quickly. 

"There’s been a bit of a bug going around,'' he said. "Matt Elam missed some time (Wednesday). He was down a little bit. He’s fine. He’s going to practice today. We had a couple Monday. I don’t remember exactly who it was, and I think two Tuesday.  We’ve been hit pretty good this week. . . .
We've had a handful. It hadn't been much. But we'll be fine.”

In Orr's absence, St. Petersburg Lakewood alum Dante Fowler, Jr., will see more playing time.

"This will be a nickel game,'' Muschamp said. "So this would be Neiron Ball and Dante Fowler. Both of those guys will man the Buck position. Darrin Kitchens would be a third in an emergency situation.”


[Last modified: Thursday, November 1, 2012 3:55pm]


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