Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Gators Wright and Cooper have Surgery, Medder in a Boot

Gator safety Major Wright and Wide out Riley Cooper both had surgery on their fingers Monday afternoon. Cooper had two screws inserted into two of his fingers that he broke in the Kentucky game. Wright had surgery on his broken thumb as well. Meanwhile, Offensive lineman Carlton Medder is in a boot right now with a heel injury.

The Gators have said that Cooper is expected to play, but Wright and Medder are both questionable. Even though he will be able to play in the game, those fingers are bound to bother Cooper and could lead to some drops in the game. If Major Wright is not available in the game the Gators have will turn to Senior Kyle Jackson, who was benched earlier this season for Wright, and has not lived up to his recruiting hype. Dorian Munroe will also see time in the game if Wright is unable to go. Wright has been good on run defense and lays some big hits, but he has looked lost in coverage at times. Kyle Jackson is still a downgrade though and this injury is going to hurt the Gators if he cannot go.

The injury to Medder may be the most concerning injury. The offensive line has already had injuries this year and they had to have a freshman come in and fill the guard position for Phil Truetwein. Earlier this season Urban Meyer said he did not trust his offensive line enough to run the ball, and that was before the injury to Medder. The Gators need the line to be sound so that they can run the ball with out using Tebow, who is nursing a shoulder injury. They are also going to need more protection than usual. Hopefully Medder will be able to go this week.

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