JACKSONVILLE, FL - OCTOBER 29: Chris Rainey #1 of the Florida Gators rushes for yardage during the game against the Georgia Bulldogs at EverBank Field on October 29, 2011 in Jacksonville, Florida. (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
Because this deserves its own post: According to Tyler Jett of The Independent Florida Alligator, who cites multiple sources close to the football team, Florida running back Chris Rainey was in a protective boot on Monday.
The boot, on Rainey's right foot, would likely be protecting his ankle or foot. Rainey injured his ankle against Georgia when it was rolled up underneath him on a first quarter run, the first of the Gators' day.
Rainey returned to the game and finished as Florida's leading rusher, with 26 yards on the ground. He also added 30 yards on two catches, and coughed up a fumble in the first half that led to Georgia's first touchdown.
Rainey has been Florida's best offensive option in 2011, racking up 526 rushing yards, 305 receiving yards, and 831 yards from scrimmage to lead the Gators in each category. But Rainey's been largely ineffective since Florida's 4-0 start, running for 115 yards and tallying 91 receiving yards in the Gators' last four games.
I'd be surprised if Rainey doesn't play for Florida against Vanderbilt, but he's a piece of precision equipment; even a minor ankle injury could limit him significantly.