Chauncey Gardner back, but Florida down four players vs. Northern Colorado

By Adam Silverstein
September 7, 2017
Chauncey Gardner back, but Florida down four players vs. Northern Colorado

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As if the Florida Gators did not have enough to deal with as nine suspensions remain ongoing and a serious hurricane is bearing down on the state, they will also be without four players on Saturday against the Northern Colorado Bears.

First, the good news. Sophomore safety Chauncey Gardner, who injured his right foot in the opener against Michigan and did not return, has been cleared to play. “Chauncey … should be good to go,” head coach Jim McElwain said after practice Wednesday. “I didn’t know how much he was going to practice until he got out there.”

Unfortunately for Florida, that’s where the good news ends. Starting with the most serious, freshman wide receiver James Robinson will miss the game as he continues to be evaluated for a heart issue. An echocardiogram taken of Robinson revealed an irregularity that will keep him out of action for the foreseeable future. Robinson was suspended for the season opener after being cited for marijuana possession in the offseason.

Senior tight end DeAndre Goolsby will be out of action indefinitely due to an unspecified leg injury. “I don’t know when he’ll ever be back,” McElwain said ominously.

Also out are redshirt freshman quarterback Kyle Trask and freshman TE Kemore Gamble, who are nursing foot injuries. Trask, effectively the fourth-string signal caller, recently had a “bolt” placed in his foot during surgery, while Gamble should be able to return against Tennessee in Week 3.

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