Jeff Driskel Injury: Updates on Florida QB's Knee, Likely Return Date

Tim Daniels@TimDanielsBRFeatured ColumnistSeptember 9, 2013

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - SEPTEMBER 07:  Jeff Driskel #6 of the Florida Gators passes during a game against the Miami Hurricanes at Sun Life Stadium on September 7, 2013 in Miami Gardens, Florida.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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Florida quarterback Jeff Driskel was using crutches to get around campus two days after suffering a knee injury in the second quarter of the Gators' loss to the rival Miami Hurricanes.

Jason Lieser of the Palm Beach Post provides the details:

A spokesperson for the football program said Driskel sustained a "slight sprain" in his knee Saturday and is "taking some weight off of it" during the bye week. He is expected to be fine for UF’s next game, Sept. 21 against Tennessee.

Driskel finished the game despite the injury. He threw for 291 yards and gained 19 more on the ground while accounting for two touchdowns. But the junior also tossed a pair of interceptions in the loss, which dropped Florida to No. 18 in the AP poll.

The good news for Florida is that the injury doesn't sound serious. Instead, it seems like a situation where the Gators are just playing it safe to avoid Driskel from causing any further damage during the team's bye week.

Although even a minor injury to a key piece of the offense like Driskel is a concern, it comes at the right time. Florida needs to regroup after the loss, and the week off will give Will Muschamp's group a chance to do exactly that while their quarterback gets back to full strength.

Florida returns to action on Sept. 21 against Tennessee. As the report states, Driskel should be ready to roll for that game.  

The Gators need him in the lineup if they want to rebound against the Volunteers. The team's running game was sluggish against the Hurricanes, averaging less than three yards per carry on more than 40 attempts. It put even more pressure on the quarterback's shoulders.

Luckily for Florida, it sounds like Driskel should be fine barring any setbacks.

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