Florida Gators Coach Billy Donovan Reveals White Mamba Out Indefinitely

Marlon GlennContributor IIIFebruary 16, 2011

GAINESVILLE, FL - NOVEMBER 16: Forward Chandler Parsons #25  of the Florida Gators plays against the Ohio State Buckeyes November 16, 2010 at the Stephen C. O'Connell Center in Gainesville, Florida.  (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
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The Florida Gators (20-5) could be short-handed when they travel to Baton Rouge on Saturday. On Monday, Gators head coach Billy Donovan announced senior small forward Chandler Parsons was out indefinitely after injuring his thigh in a first half collision with senior power forward Alex Tyus in Saturday’s thriller over Tennessee.

Parsons, who’s injured in what has been called a deep thigh bruise, is questionable for Saturday’s game. According to Donovan, if Parsons is unable to practice by Thursday, he will not play against LSU on Saturday.

The White Mamba is the leading rebounder on the team, pulling down 7.7 boards per game. He’s also averaging 10.8 points per game, while shooting 48.3 percent from the field, and 38.9 percent from downtown. He’s also dishing out a team high 3.6 assists per game. He was visibly limited with injury when he finished with three points and three rebounds in 37 minutes in Saturday’s win over the Vols.

For the Gators, this is not the right time to have an injury to the best all-around player. Home games with Georgia and Alabama, and road games at Vanderbilt and Kentucky lie on the horizon. They will need all the healthy bodies they can down the stretch. Plus, this team can’t afford to take any team for granted after being upset in losses to Central Florida, Jacksonville, South Carolina, and Mississippi State.

Espn.com currently has the Gators seeded third in the East regional. This is crucial because their first two games will be played in Tampa. In order for this to happen, Florida will need a healthy White Mamba down the stretch.