Bye week comes at a good time

The Florida Gators opened up with the SEC contests in their first four games and that usually means some hard play on the field. With that hard play comes injuries and the gators are a little beat up right now. At 4-0 and with the big 38-0 victory Saturday against Kentucky, the Gators could use some time off.

Most of the injuries being reported these days for this 2012 Gator squad are of the to –be-determined nature, but most appear to be headed to recovery before the gators suit up again in two weeks. A bye week before taking on number two LSU has come at a good time.

One surprising injury is one that we don't have an answer of where it even happened.

Do-everything offensive skill guy Trey Burton surprisingly missed the game Saturday against Kentucky. The junior and his ailment put Florida head coach Will Muschamp and his team in a big predicament on Saturday.

"Trey Burton came in Friday morning with back spasms," Muschamp told the Florida media after the game with an ‘is this really happening to me look'. "We worked on him all day Friday and into this morning. We did everything we could do. Every time he planted on his right foot, he had pain shooting up his right hip. That is all it was."

Muschamp said Burton did have some issue with the spasms a year ago but almost forgot about it because it is still unusual for his tough junior. The staff had to do a lot of changing up with Burton's absence.

"I do think there were some things last season," Muschamp said of burton and his spasms. "There was a game that came up and a lot of question marks whether he was going to be able to go.

"This was completely out of the blue. This wasn't good… as much as Trey does for us, that is tough. It doesn't just effect our offense I go into to (special team's coach D.J. Durkin) office and he is under the desk. It is tough to lose a guy that does so much for you and you rely so much on the calls he makes on punt, punt return, and all the different things he does for your football team. It is very difficult to deal with."

Muschamp rattled off a few other injuries and appeared to believe the group would likely be okay for the most part and not out for long.

"Chaz Green with the ankle… it was hobbled most of the week and pregame we didn't think he could go. Dominique Easley with the knee, we don't think he was good. We feel like Sharrif Floyd will be fine, he had a little stinger on his shoulder. We looked at it and think everything should be fine. Jordan Reed got dinged up on his shoulder on a pass down the middle right before half. He came out in the third quarter to go and felt like he couldn't get his hand up and the range of motion."

Florida continues to roll players in when a guy goes down and so far the substitutions have worked out well for the Gators.

"We are a little banged up right now. You have Sharrif right now," Muschamp said. "I don't think it is bad. We had Trey Burton flared up yesterday and out of the blue. We have some nicks and bruises and such, we just have to get some of those guys back and go with what we've got."

Florida is also without starting WILL linebacker Jelani Jenkins who has missed the last two games with a broken thumb. He may be back against LSU. They also are absent starting BUCK Ronald Powell who will miss the entire season while recovering from a torn ACL. Easley sat out the Kentucky game after a knee injury in the Tennessee game. Cornerback Cody Riggs has also been out with an injury. Staring right tackle Matt Patchan has missed all four games as well, he has a chance to return against LSU.

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