Gators healing during bye week

September, 24, 2012
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GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Florida’s should have most of its injured starters back for the Oct. 6 game against LSU, coach Will Muschamp said Monday.

OT tackle Chaz Green (ankle), DE Dominique Easley (knee), RB/FB Trey Burton (back) and TE Jordan Reed (head) and DT Sharrif Floyd (shoulder) missed all or parts of the Gators’ 38-0 victory over Kentucky last Saturday. Green, Easley and Burton were held out while Reed and Floyd were injured during the game.

The 11th-ranked Gators (4-0, 3-0 SEC) don’t play this week. Muschamp said he will have a better idea later in the week of whether LB Jelani Jenkins (thumb) will be able to play against LSU. Jenkins injured the thumb against Texas A&M on Sept. 8 and missed the Tennessee and Kentucky games. He is expected to have surgery to remove a pin from his thumb this week and there’s a chance he could play against the Tigers.

"I’ll know more later in the week," Muschamp said. "I think he sees the doctor Wednesday."

Muschamp said OT Matt Patchan (pectoral) could return for Vanderbilt game on Oct. 13. Patchan suffered a strained pectoral muscle and hasn’t played this season. He started seven games at right tackle last season.

“It’s a painful injury and up front you’ve got to be able to use that [pectoral muscle] to be able to block,” Muschamp said. “Rehab has gone well. He’s worked extremely hard as far as that’s concerned. We’re just hoping to get some snaps. But he will play this year.”

Mike DiRocco | email

ESPN Jacksonville Jaguars reporter

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