Head coach Jim McElwain addressed the media this afternoon with some key injury updates. The question on most Gator fan’s minds this week was whether Antonio Callaway would take the field this Saturday when the Gators play North Texas University.
Callaway injured his quadriceps muscle in Florida’s win over Kentucky where he had a 78-yard touchdown that electrified the crowd. The sophomore wide receiver sat out during Monday’s practice but once Tuesday hit, the team seemed encouraged Callaway would play as he went through most of Tuesday’s practice, but with a noticeable limp.
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In today’s practice Coach McElwain released Callaway and let him practice full force in hopes he would show he is ready to play on Satuday. However, that was not the case. Callaway only made it through the third period of practice today before his quad started acting up. McElwain says the injury looked promising at the start of practice but they made the decision of his “highly questionable to doubtful” playing status when he left practice today.
Offensive guard Tyler Jordan was also on McElwain’s injury list after today’s practice. He will definitely miss Saturday’s game along with a few more weeks due to an eye issue. McElwain says he will rotate guards in for more playing time during Jordan’s absence.
In a more positive side to the injury update, McElwain said wide receiver Dre Massey’s surgery was completed today and he heard it was very successful. However, Massey is still suspected to miss the entire season.
The Gators will take on North Texas University at 7:30 p.m. in the Swamp depsite these injuries.