Dominique Easley Injury: Updates on Florida DT's Knee and Recovery
Florida defense tackle Dominique Easley suffered a knee injury during practice on Tuesday, Sep. 24.
Muschamp says DT Dominique Easley tweaked his knee, probably out of practice today. Leon Orr, Marcus Roberson, Tyler Moore practicing.— Scott Carter (@GatorZoneScott) September 25, 2013
Zach Abolverdi of the Gainesville Sun originally reported it was believed the senior tore his ACL:
He is out for the remainder of the season.
UPDATE: Monday, Sept. 30
From Mark Long of the Associated Press:
Injured Gators DT Dominique Easley spoke to teammates & told them to cherish every moment just before his season-ending injury— Mark Long (@APMarkLong) September 30, 2013
Robbie Andreu of Gatorsports.com followed:
Muschamp said Dominique Easley will not come back for a fifth year. "He's definitely going to the NFL," Muschamp said.— Robbie Andreu (@RobbieAndreu) September 30, 2013
Rotoworld's Josh Norris continued:
UPDATE: Wednesday, Sept. 25
Edgar Thompson of the Orlando Sentinel breaks some devastating news for Gators' fans:
School announces #Gators DT Dominique Easley out for the season with a season-ending knee injury.— Sentinel Gators beat (@osgators) September 25, 2013
Asked how Easley is doing, father said, "Not good. He didn’t talk to much. I’m sure we’ll be talking later once he can actually take it in.”— Sentinel Gators beat (@osgators) September 26, 2013
Scott Carter of GatorZone.com provides this statement from Will Muschamp:
“As I said earlier today on the SEC Conference Call, Dominique injured his right knee in practice in a non-contact situation,’’ Muschamp said following Wednesday’s practice. “Test results have revealed that he suffered a tear of both his ACL and medial meniscus, which will require season-ending surgery.
I talked to Dominique and the team this afternoon and we will continue to look for his leadership and experience throughout the season. Watching any of your players go through this is one of the hardest things about being a coach.
Obviously, it is hardest on Dominique. We are disappointed for him, but we will be there for him every step of the way through his surgery and rehab process.”
UPDATE: Wednesday, Sept. 25
Edgar Thompson of the Orlando Sentinel provides an update from Dominique Easley's father, David Easley:
The father of Gators defensive tackle Dominique Easley said his son might not be out for the season following a knee injury suffered during practice Tuesday.
"Don't assume anything just yet," David Easley told the Sentinel on Wednesday.
If the latter diagnosis proves correct, it's a major setback for both the Florida defense and for Easley. Easley is a disruptive force in the middle of the defensive line, using an impressive combination of size and athleticism to make a consistent impact.
He's a key piece of a unit that ranks 19th in the nation in points allowed at less than 15 per game. If he's forced to miss an extended period of time as anticipated, the onus would likely fall on Darious Cummings and Damien Jacobs to pick up the slack.
But Florida is holding out hope the injury isn't severe. Edward Aschoff of ESPN states Muschamp thinks his star defensive tackle will be fine, but is waiting on more information.
Muschamp says he thinks Dominique Easley "will be fine" after tweaking his knee but wants more info. Not the same one he tore before #Gators— Edward Aschoff (@AschoffESPN) September 25, 2013
Easley previous tore the ACL in his left knee late in the 2011 season, which forced him to miss the Gator Bowl against Ohio State. The injury suffered on Tuesday is to his right knee.
CBS Sports named him to its Preseason All-America Team on the second team and he was starting to generate serious NFL draft hype. In fact, Chris Burke of Sports Illustrated had him going No. 15 to the St. Louis Rams in a mock draft from Tuesday.
Truth be told, I had Clemson QB Tajh Boyd penciled in here initially. It’s still hard to justify the Rams simply throwing in the towel on Sam Bradford, though. The D-line, meanwhile, could use another body to rotate with Kendall Langford and Michael Brockers. Easley can be a dominant force.
Those accolades illustrate his talent, bright future and importance to the Gators. They have to hope his latest knee injury is only minor and he's able to return quickly, otherwise there will be a huge hole to fill on defense.
But a protected social media message from Easley, that was passed along by Adam Silverstein of OnlyGators.com, doesn't sound good:
Gators DT Dominique Easley just sent a tweet that does not seem to be too promising regarding his "tweaked" knee:
"Gatornation thank you for all of 4 yrs of sticking with me but god has something else planned for and have no worries #believe"
All Gators fans can do now is sit back and wait for official word about his status.
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