The injury woes continue for the Florida Gators. Add starting running back Matt Jones to the growing list of Gators scratched from the lineup, per Hail Florida Hail:
Will Muschamp said today that runningback Matt Jones will miss the remainder of the season with a torn meniscus suffered against LSU. Muschamp also said that Jones is having surgery this (Monday) morning.
“Very unfortunate. I hate it for Matt. He is a great young man. To have this setback is disheartening for all of us.” – Muschamp said Monday morning
He suffered the injury on Saturday in the 17-6 loss LSU Tigers in Death Valley, leaving the game in the first half. He returned to the sideline later in the game without pads.
Florida already lost star defensive tackle Dominique Easley for the year earlier this month.
The Gators take on rival Georgia in three weeks in the World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party, but it could very well be dubbed the Walking Dead.
Both SEC East division contenders are dealing with numerous injuries. The Bulldogs lost running back Keith Marshall for the season in Week 6. He joined wide receiver Malcolm Mitchell, who suffered a torn ACL in Week 1.
Georgia’s many injuries contributed to a home loss last week against Missouri, which surged into the lead of the East. The Tigers host Florida next week in what could be a make-or-break game for the Gators.
A lead forces a four-team tie atop the East standings. A loss likely ends any SEC championship hopes the Gators might have. Fittingly, Missouri will be without quarterback James Franklin, who suffered a potentially season-ending shoulder injury in the win over Georgia.