As the Florida Gators learned the hard way, no good story begins with, “He was riding on a scooter.”
According to the Tampa Bay Times’ John C. Cotey, Florida offensive tackle Tyler Moore suffered an elbow injury while riding his scooter:
Cotey (@JohnnyHomeTeam) November 6, 2013
Tyler Moore, 6-5, 320 pounds, lost control of scooter on a wet sidewalk. Routine surgery, some pins, probably. 2 years remaining at Florida.— John C. Cotey (@JohnnyHomeTeam) November 6, 2013
Unfortunately last night Tyler Moore was riding home on his scooter and he came around a curve there and his back tire came out from underneath him and he had a compound fracture of his elbow. So he’ll be out for the season, and we’ll know about his prognosis and how long after the surgery, obviously.
Moore’s accident is just the latest in a string of injuries that has picked apart this team:
OnlyGators.com (@onlygators) November 6, 2013
The Gators just can’t seem to catch a break in 2013.
Other than Moore, the six starters the team has lost for the season include: quarterback Jeff Driskel (broken leg), running back Matt Jones (knee), wide receiver Andre Debose (knee), defensive tackle Dominique Easley (knee) and linebacker/special teams player Jeremi Powell (knee). Florida also lost defensive back Nick Washington (shoulder) and linebacker Matt Rolin (knee) back in August.
Apparently, Moore’s girlfriend uploaded an X-ray of his elbow onto Facebook (h/t 247 Sports Florida message board):
It’s a tough turn of events for the sophomore who finally seemed to be finding his groove. He was thrust into the starting lineup following injuries to fellow linemen Chaz Green and D.J. Humphries.
The injury now leaves the Gators with just two healthy offensive tackles after beginning the season with five.
According to Gatorzone.com’s Scott Carter, Muschamp says Max Garcia will take Moore’s place at left tackle with Kyle Koel and Ian Silberman working inside at left guard.
"I've always talked about man down, man up and we don't make excuses ... the expectation level here, that doesn't change,'' Muschamp said.