Callaway still questionable for Gators vs Vols

The Florida Gators and head coach Jim McElwain aren’t sure they are going to have All-American receiver Antonio Callaway back for this week’s matchup with Tennessee. McElwain shed a little light on his status in a week that the Gators will also play without starting quarterback Luke Del Rio and starting right guard Tyler Jordan.

Listed in the ‘Go as can’ category for guys that are in pain but not going to hurt themselves to practice, Antonio is one player McElwain hopes to have back this week.

“We’ll try and get Callaway back a little bit,” McElwain said. “We’ll see what happens. He’s hurting pretty good.”

The news seems a little better on freshman receiver Tyrie Cleveland. Cleveland has missed a lot of fall practice with hamstring issues. McElwain just isn’t sure how much they can work him into the system right now.

“Tyrie ran pretty good yesterday, so hopefully we’ll get him back,” McElwain said. “We’ll see where that fits and see what that part mean. None of us have seen it yet.

Starting right guard Tyler Jordan missed the game Saturday against North Texas after having eye surgery on a rare cyst that formed in the back of his eye stemming from previous surgery. Jordan will miss this week at least with hopes of being back the following.

“Tyler Jordan is still out, so that rotation in the o-line will stay about the same as we did last week,” McElwain said. “I thought those guys battled their tails off.”

Of course the news on quarterback Luke Del Rio is probably as good as can be expected. As we reported first on Sunday Del Rio has an injury to his MCL (although McElwain wouldn’t divulge that), he is expected out approximately two weeks for recovery.

“He’s got a bum leg and should be back some time,” McElwain said meaning before the end of the season. “I don’t know when it is going to be. I am not going to rush him back.  I will never put anybody out there that’s not ready. We have some other guys that are ready to play and we’re excited about it.

“I feel horrible for him, especially how it happened, and yet that’s part of the game as well. That’s just the way it goes.”

McElwain later added that “Luke doesn’t have to go under the knife, which is a positive.”

McElwain also mentioned redshirt freshman linebacker Kylan Johnson and sophomore corner Chris Williamsonboth with injuries and believes they will miss a day or two this week, but will have them back for the Tennessee contest.

“Kylan Johnson is out today (Monday), I’m thinking we’ll get him back he’s got a leg,” he said.  Chris Williamson had a knee, but I think it’s tendinitis.”

Stay tuned as we bring you the rest of McElwain’s talk with the media. 

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