Despite what he and Gator fans were hoping, looks like WR Tyrie Cleveland will miss at least some time after his ankle injury in Saturday’s win over Vanderbilt. And it only adds to the list of who Florida doesn’t have at their disposal, as they get ready to play LSU Saturday.
Cleveland came off the field in the fourth quarter and was clearly in pain sitting on the sideline holding his lower leg. The hope when Cleveland tweeted this Sunday afternoon was that it wasn’t that serious:
I'm good 🙏🏾 just bang up , 🐊 got the best trainers in the business ✊🏾 #ThankYouAll
— Cleve (@Tyrie_1) October 1, 2017
Unfortunately, at his weekly Monday afternoon news conference, coach Jim McElwain delivered the bad news, at least in the short term, that the sophomore from Houston is out for LSU and probably longer with a high ankle sprain.
That injury is typically at least a two week, if not three to four week or longer healing process. So, this likely means that the Gators top threat won’t play in 12 days at Texas A & M. However, he could have a good shot to suit up against Georgia after the bye week on 10/28.
This adds to Florida’s woes, as the Gators have played the entire season without Antoinio Callaway, who remains suspended and in limbo after his arrest and felony charges for being part of a large credit card fraud scandal that involves eight other players. Those other eight include last year’s leading rusher Jordan Scarlett, who is also charged with felonies in the investigation.
It doesn’t look like either will play at all this season and maybe ever again, in Gainesville.
Back to Cleveland, he had become the top passing weapon as the season has unfolded, with 15 total receptions, a 22 yard average per catch and of course, the game wining catch on the bomb from Feleipe Franks on the final play of the Tennessee game.
Now, Florida will go down the depth chart even more, to find help at the WR spot for Franks.
On another injury front, McElwain also confirmed that QB Luke Del Rio, who was injured on a hit in the second quarter Saturday, is having season ending surgery on his left collarbone. It’s the second year in a row that a shoulder type injury has ended his season early.
Adversity or not, Florida gets ready to put their 3-0 record in the SEC on the line against LSU Saturday at 3:30.