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Gators DT Dominique Easley out for the season with knee injury: Jeff Driskel has successful surgery



Florida DT Dominique Easley suffered a torn ACL during a non-contact drill in practice on Tuesday and will miss the remainder of the season.

Easley, a senior, was projected by several NFL analysts as a first-round NFL Draft pick.

“As I said earlier today on the SEC Conference call, Dominique injured his right knee in practice late Tuesday nigh in a non-contact situation," Florida coach Will Muschamp said. "Test results have revealed that he suffered a tear of both his ACL and medial meniscus, which will require season-ending surgery."

Earlier today, Muschamp said Easley had "tweaked" his knee, but also said he was awaiting further test results. Muschamp said Easley was planting to run on a screen when the injury occurred.

Easley has played in all three games this season, registering five tackles - two for loss. But just as importantly, he's one of the veteran leaders on a Florida defense that is currently ranked among the nation's best.

Easley posted this message to his Twitter account: "Gatornation thank you for all of 4 yrs sticking with me, but god has something else planned & have no worries."

Easley is the fifth Florida player to suffer a season-ending injury so far in the 2013 season joining freshman LB Matt Rolin (ACL); senior WR/KR Andre Debose; junior OL Chaz Green and junior QB Jeff Driskel.

Driskel suffered a broken fibula early in this past Saturday's game against Tennessee. He underwent surgery today.

According to Florida athletic officials, Driskel had a plate and screws inserted for the fibula fracture. The doctors also repaired his medial ligaments and put two screws across his ankle joint.



[Last modified: Wednesday, September 25, 2013 8:35pm]


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