Florida State DT Timmy Jernigan out 4-6 weeks with MCL injury

Florida State defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan will miss the rest of spring practice after suffering an MCL injury, head coach Jimbo Fisher confirmed on Monday.

Jernigan suffered a slight meniscus tear in addition to the MCL injury during the Seminoles' spring practice on Saturday. According to Coley Harvey, of the Orlando Sentinel, the injury occurred when Jernigan's leg got caught underneath a teammate who had hit the ground. Fisher told reporters Jernigan is expected to miss 4-6 weeks with the injury.

On Monday, Fisher said he "didn't feel as bad" after watching the injury on film. The way Jernigan landed lessened the stress on his knee, likely avoiding damage to other ligaments.

Jernigan was an instant-impact freshman for Florida State in 2011, appearing in all 13 games recording 30 total tackles. He was named to the CBSSports.com Freshman All-America team, and was runner-up for ACC Defensive Rookie of the Year.

Jernigan was not the only Seminole to suffer a knee injury on Saturday. Backup wide receiver Josh Gehres also suffered an MCL injury during the weekend practice. Gehres did not record a catch in 2011 and is expected to miss "about the same time" as Jernigan.

For more on Florida State, follow the Seminole RapidReports and check out the Spring Practice Primer.

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