The last thing any Florida fan wants to read after a tumultuous 2013 is more injury news for the Gators. Unfortunately, the knee injury that knocked Matt Jones out for the season will require a second surgery and hold him out of spring practice.
Jones started four games in 2013 before suffering a season-ending injury in his left knee during the Gators' 17-6 loss at LSU on Oct. 14. The sophomore had already worked his way into the lineup after missing most of fall camp with a viral infection.
Will Muschamp officially ruled Jones out for spring practice on Monday, along with three linebackers -- Alex Anzalone, Jeremi Powell and Matt Rolin -- currently recovering from surgeries.
Muschamp said Jones has had one surgery and will need another in 3-4 weeks to repair "the remaining 40 percent [of the meniscus]."
"It is a little more lengthy," Muschamp said. "This was torn all the way through. It's a little more serious than a regular meniscus. ... We feel like optimistically he'll be ready to go for summer workouts."
Powell and Rolin continue to rehab after surgeries for torn ACLs, while Anzalone is recovering after surgery on a torn labrum in his shoulder.
Florida lost 15 players to season-ending injuries during the 2013 season, including 10 starters. Luckily for the Gators, starting quarterback Jeff Driskel is on track to return for spring practice after breaking a bone in his right leg on Sept. 21. Muschamp said Monday that Driskel's rehab is "coming very well" and he should be ready to go when new offensive coordinator Kurt Roper begins to install the offense in March.