Finley back this week, Muschamp says
Published: Monday, September 19, 2011 at 5:03 p.m.
Last Modified: Monday, September 19, 2011 at 5:03 p.m.
A week after his arrest, Florida junior linebacker Dee Finley apparently is back in good standing with the team.
Finley was suspended from last Saturday's game with Tennessee, but will return to active duty this Saturday at Kentucky, UF coach Will Muschamp said Monday.
“Dee will be back this week,” Muschamp said.
Finley spent a night in jail after his arrest last Monday for resisting with violence and driving with a suspended license. The resisting charge was reduced to resisting without violence a day later by the State Attorney's Office. The reduced charge is a misdemeanor.
Finley, a special teams starter and backup outside linebacker, watched the Gators' 33-23 victory over the Vols from the UF sideline wearing his No. 13 jersey. He is the No. 2 outside linebacker behind starter Jelani Jenkins.
At least one other prominent player who also sat out the last game will not be returning for the Kentucky game. Cornerback Jeremy Brown, a starter through much of preseason camp, is still recovering from a knee injury that sidelined him for the first three games.
“Jeremy Brown will be out for probably a couple of weeks,” Muschamp said. “The knee has just not responded coming off the injury. There was no surgery required. I'm very frustrated for Jeremy. He's a great young man. I hurt for him.”
There's also a chance starting tight end Jordan Reed will miss his second consecutive game. He injured his hamstring against UAB two weeks ago and did not play in Saturday's game.
“Jordan is going to be questionable,” Muschamp said. “I don't know at this point how far along he is. We'll see if he's able to go (later in the week).”
With Jordan out, sophomore Gerald Christian started at tight end against the Vols. True freshman A.C. Leonard, out the first two games recovering from arthroscopic knee surgery, saw his first playing time in the UT game.
Tight end is expected to be a featured position in Charlie Weis' offense, but with Jordan out, the tight ends were not a factor in the passing game Saturday. The only tight end reception was for seven yards to Christian.
Muschamp also announced that true freshman offensive lineman Trip Thurman underwent shoulder surgery Monday and is out for the season.
“He's a guy that we felt could help us this year,” Muschamp said. “He's a very talented guy. We're glad he's a Gator. We felt with the situation with his shoulder that we need to get that cleaned up.”
Thurman likely was headed for a redshirt year even before the surgery.
Other than Brown and possibly Reed, the Gators should be fairly healthy for their first road game of the season.
“The other guys (with bumps and bruises, including wide receiver Andre Debose) should be back,” Muschamp said.
Muschamp said for 16 players on the two-deep depth chart, this will be their first road game.
“It will be interesting for some of those guys, traveling and going through that process,” Muschamp said. “Our preparation will not change. We do the same thing (on the road that we do at home).
“We'll have our normal walk-through (Friday) and meetings. Then we'll get on a plane and go to the hotel. All of our game-day stuff is the same. It's just a different hotel and a different stadium.”
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