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The fallout from the No. 22 Florida Gators‘ massive loss at Arkansas continues as it one of the serious injuries suffered in Saturday’s game will cost one of the Gators’ best players his season.
Redshirt junior linebacker Alex Anzalone will miss the remainder of the 2016 season after breaking his left arm on Saturday. Head coach Jim McElwain confirmed the diagnosis on Monday.
“Temporarily out of commission,” Anzalone wrote on Twitter.
Anzalone fell awkwardly while making a tackle in the third quarter on Saturday. He immediately grabbed his left wrist and was taken to the locker room. When he returned to the sideline, Anzalone’s left arm was in a sling.
Florida’s lack of linebacking depth was a known issue entering the season, though Anzalone, who missed the 2015 season with a shoulder injury, was deemed completely healthy and certainly played like it when he was on the field. He is currently second on the Gators with 53 total tackles — 22 solo, 17 for lost yardage — and three sacks. Anzalone has also registered six quarterback hurries and two pass breakups this season.
There was an expectation that Anzalone, who has one year of eligibility remaining, would leave Florida after this season to head to the NFL and capitalize on his talents. This injury may well put a wrench in those plans.
The status of senior LB Jarrad Davis, the Gators’ other starter, remains up in the air as he appeared to aggravate his already-injured ankle in Saturday’s game. After going down a second time, Davis did not return to the field.