Florida DT Dominique Easley hurts knee; mixed reports on possible ACL tear
Florida defensive tackle Dominique Easley, the Gators’ top defensive lineman, injured his knee in practice Tuesday and may have torn his ACL, reports The Gainesville Sun‘s Zach Abolverdi.
Easley, a senior, tweeted Wednesday: ”Gatornation thank you for all 4 yrs of sticking with me but god has something else planned for & have no worries.”
But Florida coach Will Muschamp said Wednesday that Easley “tweaked” his knee and would probably miss practice, reports The Palm Beach Post‘s Jason Lieser. “We think he’ll be fine,” Muschamp said.
The mixed reports followed speculation on Twitter that Easley would miss the rest of the season.
If Easley were to miss extended time, Florida would struggle to replace his presence on the field. Chase Goodbread wrote on NFL.com that Easley’s statistics (4.0 sacks, 8.5 tackles for loss last year) don’t show the full impact of his play. Easley has risen from a projected mid-round pick to a possible first- or second-round selection.