Update: Florida’s Jefferson has shoulder surgery

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Florida defensive lineman Cece Jefferson. [Cyndi Chambers/Correpondent] Correspondent] 2017

[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.

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    • The “game” is nothing more than a scrimmage attended by fans. This could just have easily and likely happened in a simple scrimmage in practice. And scrimmages are necessary to simulate real game situations.This is not the fault of having a spring game. It just happens.

      • Exactly right….Spring game is truly just that, a fan-event scrimmage. Something to simply get the fan base excited about the upcoming year. Before TV broadcasts of the Spring games, I remember going to a couple in the early Spurrier years, after the first one in Jacksonville, where there might’ve been about 15,000 people there. This was just something that could’ve happened in everyday practice. I’m a big Cece fan, so prayers for a very speedy recovery, because he could have a huge year for his future in the position that he’ll play with this defense.

    • Maybe, maybe not Scott. You’re right that shoulder surgery can be complicated, but it really depends on what was done and most of all, the nature of the rehab. I’d say it’s 50-50. I agree tho, it would be a pretty big blow if it goes the wrong way.

    • Jefferson hasn’t even sniffed being All-SEC, much less All-American. So the question is…What are you crying about? My guess is, and it’s a common theme in Gainesville the past few years, that you’re already looking for excuses for why UF is mediocre again this year. I just heard one pundit, and this made me fall out of my chair laughing, proclaim UF would have won “a lot” more games last year if Luke Del Rio hadn’t been injured. Mind you, this is the same guy that NO One wanted to see play for Florida, ever again, after the previous season.
      I guess some folks just want to whine since, in the case of Jefferson, he hasn’t done squat at Florida, unless you still think the five stars he had out of high school still mean something. Mind you, he’s not a bad player, like the other five star, Ivey, but he’s not someone that makes any difference how good Florida is.

  1. Let’s just hope for the best. Many of us are looking at this as a loss to our team…and it is, but foremost, we should be thinking about the CeCe’s well being. Best to his health and recovery. Go Gators!