Tag:John Brantley injury
Posted on: October 3, 2011 12:36 pm
 

Gator QB Brantley out for LSU game--and more?

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

Florida will go on the road to face LSU this week without injured senior quarterback John Brantley, Will Muschamp confirmed at his Monday press conference.

Muschamp told reporters that Brantley would be unavailable for the trip to Baton Rouge with what Muschamp called a "lower right leg" injury suffered in the Gators' 38-10 loss to Alabama. Muschamp also offered no timetable for Brantley's potential return, telling reporters "I will update you each Monday on his status."

Brantley had been spotted on campus earlier Monday walking in a large boot with crutches. But there is some good news for the Gators: Muschamp said doctors had ruled out surgery on the injury, substantially reducing the odds the injury is season-ending.

Of course, that won't do the Gators any good against LSU. Muschamp declined to name struggling backup Jeff Driskel the full-time quarterback for Saturday's game, saying the true freshman would start but that fellow freshman Jacoby Brissett and Tyler Murphy would each receiver practice reps this week and could see the field.

For the season, Driskel has completed just 6 of 17 passes for no touchdowns and two interceptions. We here at Eye on CFB wish him the best of luck as he and the other Florida quarterbacks prepare to face Tyrann Mathieu and the Bayou Bengal defense in Death Valley, because we feel certain they will need it.
Posted on: October 14, 2010 11:01 am
Edited on: October 14, 2010 11:05 am
 

Meyer: Demps probable, Brantley at full speed

Posted by Chip Patterson

Florida's home loss to LSU on Saturday night left Gator fans with a lot of "what if's."  Fans wondered how the game could have been different if quarterback John Brantley had been 100%, or if the outcome would have changed with the presence of speedy playmaker Jeff Demps.  Head coach Urban Meyer was able to deliver good news on both players on Wednesday.

"Good news on Demps," Meyer said during the SEC teleconference on Wednesday. "He's feeling a lot better than he did last week.  Obviously, we need his big-play shot. I put him as probable for Saturday (against Mississippi State). He's going to do some practice (Wednesday) and then, he's telling me, he's going to practice (Thursday)."

While the exact extent of Brantley's rib and thumb injuries have been a topic of much debate, Meyer continues to insist that his starting quarterback is ready to play.  Though this time he has some more evidence to present, with Brantley going full speed in practice for the first time in almost two weeks.  Brantley was limited leading up to the LSU game due to shoulder complications from his rib injury.

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Posted on: October 11, 2010 9:39 am
Edited on: October 11, 2010 9:53 am
 

Report: Brantley played with cracked ribs

Posted by Chip Patterson

Florida quarterback John Brantley's health has been a hot topic of speculation in Gainesville, particularly following the 33-29 loss to LSU under the lights in Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on Saturday night.  Brantley struggled at times to move the offense down the field, particularly in the first half.  LSU's defense kept pressure on Brantley all night, holding him to 154 yards and forcing an interception.  Brantley downplayed the effects of an injured throwing thumb and banged up ribs on his play after the game.

"There was never any doubt that I was going to play," Brantley told reporters after the game. "I knew since Monday or Sunday I was. They're [ribs] just a little banged up. Nothing too serious. Nothing you can't play through."

A report from ESPN.com's Joe Schad tells a different story.  While head coach Urban Meyer and Brantley described the ribs as "damaged" and "banged up," the injury is actually hairline fractures in four ribs, according to Schad's source.  Brantley reportedly wore a protective vest during the game, and complications from the injury kept him from throwing in practice on Thursday and Friday.  Additionally, the thumb which Brantley described as a "minor thing," is actually reported to be fractured.

Regardless of the extent of Brantley's injuries, the Gators need to get healthy soon.  It's the first time in six seasons the Gators have had back-to-back losses, and with South Carolina's victory over Alabama, the battle for the SEC East just became very interesting.  The Gators will gladly welcome a change of pace with Mississippi State and an off week before their annual matchup with Georgia in Jacksonville.

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