UF football injury update: Cleveland, Toney upgraded

7
2024
Florida's Kadarius Toney (17) runs with the ball against LSU during Saturday's game at at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. [Brad McClenny/The Gainesville Sun]

Injured Florida wide receivers Tyrie Cleveland and Kadarius Toney have been upgraded from questionable to probable for Saturday’s game against Georgia.

UF coach Jim McElwain said Wednesday it will be a game-time decision for both players.

“I’m not going to say they’re going to play because they’re trying so hard to play, but ultimately we’ve got to wait for the trainer and all that come game time,” McElwain said. “Time will tell.”

Cleveland missed the last two games with a high ankle sprain, while Toney sat out the Texas A&M game two weeks ago with a separated shoulder. Cleveland and Toney are considered the Gators’ two biggest playmakers in the passing game.

Starting defensive end Jabari Zuniga, who missed the A&M game with a sprained ankle, also is expected to be ready for Saturday’s game.

“I think Zuniga will go based on today,” McElwain said.

Outside linebacker Jeremiah Moon (ankle) also is expected to play Saturday after missing the A&M game.

Cornerback C.J. McWilliams (hamstring) and wide receiver Josh Hammond (back) will be game-time decisions.

7 COMMENTS

  1. The one injury that really is damaging (aside from helmet to helmet, of course) is the ”roll-over”. And I don’t know how the coaches can get the players to be more aware of their immediate surroundings then they already are. But I have noticed (on multiple replays on t.v.) it’s towards the end of the play, coming from their side or back (Cleveland’s injury came from his right side, while he was blocking). The ankle and the knee just can’t handle that type of ”sideways bending”. And all the ”targeting calls” in football today are just going to make the ”roll-over” injury more prevalent, in my opinion. Prayers that all the injured get healthy and well soon! Go Gators! Go beat U.G.A. like a drum!

    • Yes it’s usually while the players are engaged with another player blocking. I believe we have a very good chance to beat the dawgs.
      You know God’s a Gator fan because the sky is blue and the sun is orange… Go GATORS

  2. Go Gators – knock Georgia off their high horse!! If we get all these guys back, we have a good chance for the upset. We only lost the last two games by a combined total of three points and they are good teams. We lost to LSU by one point and they knocked off Auburn. We lost to Tex A&M by two points and they hung with
    Bama. We are real close to where we want to be. If old God said Jack the Gators can only have one win this season and you can pick the game. I would say Georgia.

    • I don’t know beating Georgia gives you a shot to win the East, but they’d just get embarrassed by Bama again. I’d much rather that one win be against FSU so I don’t have to listen to all my FSU friends talk trash for another year. I’m also quite enjoying the fact that Mike Winter and his 500 aliases have fallen off the face of the earth like the coward he is. No need to bring that loser out of the hole.

  3. Time to pull out all stops! Leave nothing in the playbook and put all options on the table. Gator fans can deal with the reality that our season is over as far as playing for anything other than pride. Although Georgia is clearly a better team, never underestimate a wounded animal with teeth and claws fighting for survival. The media and most Georgia fans believe this game shouldn’t even be played … Georgia is great and Florida sucks! The bad news for both is that the game will be played and every Gator supporter including the players and coaches are pissed. The disrespect of the media is beyond ridiculous, this is the Georgia/Florida game, throw out all records and stats – it’s time to go to war!