Jelani Jenkins will have surgery, may miss Florida's bowl game

Al Messerschmidt

Surgery may keep Florida's junior linebacker out of postseason play.

When Florida's Sugar Bowl bid is announced (for more on why this January will be sweet, check the Mailbag), Jelani Jenkins will probably be happy. But injury may keep the Gators' junior linebacker out of the game: Jenkins will have surgery on his injured foot, and may miss four to six weeks.

Jenkins was injured during Saturday's win over Florida State, and was carted to the locker room. He did not return to the game.

Jenkins previously missed time this season while recovering from a fractured thumb suffered against Texas A&M, and did not play against Tennessee or Kentucky.

Jenkins intercepted EJ Manuel in the first half of Florida's 37-26 win, giving him his first interception of the 2012 season. He also ran in a blocked punt for a touchdown that gave Florida its 27-20 win over Louisiana three weeks ago.

Jenkins is considered a potential early entrant for the 2013 NFL Draft, so, if he misses Florida's bowl game, he may have seen his last snap as a Gator.

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