Muschamp: Easley questionable for UK game with swollen knee


Florida defender Dominique Easley nurses an injury during the first half of the Gators' season opening game against Bowling Green on Sept. 1 at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium.

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Published: Wednesday, September 19, 2012 at 11:55 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, September 19, 2012 at 11:55 a.m.

Starting Florida defensive end Dominique Easley continues to have swelling in his knee and is questionable for Saturday's game against Kentucky, UF coach Will Muschamp said Wednesday.

Easley underwent ACL surgery last December. He limped off the field in the second half of the Tennessee game this past Saturday and was on crutches earlier this week.

“We were just trying to stabilize it,” Muschamp said. “There's still a little swelling. At this time, I would say he is questionable for the game.”

Muschamp said offensive tackle Matt Patchan will miss his fourth game of the season with a strained pectoral muscle. There is no timetable for his return.

“I'm not sure when he'll be back,” Muschamp said.

Also on the injury front, Muschamp said there is a chance starting outside linebacker Jelani Jenkins, who underwent thumb surgery last week, could be back in time for the Oct. 6 LSU game.

“Yeah,” Muschamp said. “He went to the doctor (earlier this week) and they changed the cast. I want to say in eight days they're going to pull the pin out of there and take another look at it.

“He's going to start lifting (weights) and running today, as far as getting back in the swing of things. We'll move from there. We'll be fine.”

True freshman Antonion Morrison replaced Jenkins in the starting lineup in the Tennessee game and recorded five tackles, one for a loss, and one quarterback hurry.

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