[Updated: 10:53 a.m. 4-19-18] Florida senior starting defensive end/outside linebacker Cece Jefferson could be out for four months after undergoing “significant” shoulder surgery earlier this week, sources confirmed to The Sun on Wednesday.
Jefferson injured his right shoulder in the first half of last Saturday’s Orange & Blue Game and did not return.
UF on Wednesday would neither confirm nor deny that Jefferson has undergone surgery. New Florida coach Dan Mullen has been reluctant to reveal information about injuries.
On Thursday, the school announced that with the exception of walk-on linebacker Brendan Ackerman (knee), all of UF’s injured players are expected to be ready for the start of preseason camp, including Jefferson.
Jefferson was spotted on campus Wednesday wearing a cumbersome brace on his right arm as he was heading for a workout.
Jefferson, a former five-star prospect from Glen St. Mary, considered leaving early for the NFL, but decided earlier this year to return for his senior season.
If Jefferson is out for four months, he likely would miss all or most of preseason camp in August, but might have a chance to return for the start of the season in September.
Jefferson is expected to be a key player on the UF defense this season, giving the Gators a strong pass rush from the edge.
In his career, Jefferson has played in 37 games, with 18 starts, including eight last season, when he led the Gators in tackles for loss with 13.5.
If Jefferson misses practice time, it would increase the reps at outside linebacker/defensive end for Jachai Polite, Jabari Zuniga, Jeremiah Moon and Antonneous Clayton.