Dominique Easley injury: Will Muschamp says Gators DT "tweaked his knee"

Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Florida's head coach bats down reports of an ACL tear for his talented defensive tackle.

Just minutes after some breathless reporting on Dominique Easley's injury status, Will Muschamp fielded a question on the weekly SEC teleconference on Easley's status. He confirmed an injury — but seems to have downplayed it.

And the injury is to Easley's right knee, not the left one in which he previously tore an ACL:

However, as Gator Country's Richard Johnson, himself a veteran of a torn ACL, point out, this doesn't mean Easley's totally out of the woods:

And Florida's coaches have used "tweaked" when referring to a torn ACL already this year:

Easley tore the ACL in his left knee in a 2011 game against Florida State, and missed Florida's Gator Bowl victory over Ohio State as a result. He was also diminished for much of the 2012 season as a result, and has spoken about his confidence returning this year, in which he has been far more effective.

Easley suffering even a minor injury would make it likely, in my mind, that he will not play against Kentucky on Saturday, as the Gators are likely to err on the side of caution with one of their best players. If Easley does not play, Darious Cummings is listed as his backup, and Leon Orr will likely get more time at Easley's defensive tackle position.

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Andy Hutchins is Alligator Army's managing editor. Follow Alligator Army on Twitter and Facebook.

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