Update: UF’s Dawson still in ‘concussion protocol’

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Florida defensive back Duke Dawson, a second team AP Preseason All-America, is doubtful to play Saturday at Kentucky. (AP Photo/Samantha Baker)

[Story updated: 6:38 p.m.] Florida starting cornerback Duke Dawson continues to go through concussion protocol and his status for Saturday’s game at Kentucky remains uncertain, UF coach Jim McElwain said after Wednesday afternoon’s practice.

“Concussion protocol, which we go by the T, and we’ll find out,” McElwain said. “He’s been out there, had his helmet on, gone through individual drills, but he was able to do that because of where he’s at in his testing. So we’ll find out from there moving forward.”

Dawson sustained a head injury in the second half against Tennessee last Saturday and did not return. He was listed as highly doubtful Monday.

If Dawson, a senior, is unable to go, the Gators would start two true freshmen at cornerback — Marco Wilson and C.J. Henderson, who has had a pick-six in each of the first two games.

Redshirt freshman C.J. McWilliams and senior Joseph Putu also would be in the playing rotation, McWilliams at nickel and Putu at corner.

In other injury news, starting tight end De’Andre Goolsby (leg) is expected to be ready for Saturday’s game.

“He should be 100 percent going back,” McElwain said.

Starting outside linebacker Kylan Johnson is doubtful with a hamstring injury.

“We’re going to really test it a little bit more tomorrow,” McElwain said. “But I would say doubtful and probably doubtful because you’re short with a 70-man roster. If they can’t go and play, you can’t use that seat on the bus, because you’ve got to take guys that are going to help you in some form, whether it be special teams, whatever that might be.

“So, yet to be seen, but if he did go, he would be very limited anyway.”