Here's the first concrete report to come out on Tyler Murphy's status for Saturday's game between the Florida Gators and Missouri Tigers: Zach Abolverdi of The Gainesville Sun reporting that a source says Murphy is planning to play ... but did, in fact, get injured against LSU, and missed practice early this week.
Source: #Gators QB Tyler Murphy injured shoulder at LSU. Missed practice early in the week but looked fine Thursday. Will play vs. Mizzou.— Zach Abolverdi (@ZachAbolverdi) October 18, 2013
It's anyone's guess when Murphy injured his shoulder, really, but mine would be the penultimate play of the game, which produced a sack that appeared to include Murphy's left shoulder hitting the ground hard.
That Murphy will play is promising, but it's a safe bet that he'll need to be handled with care: Florida has no quarterbacks with any collegiate experience behind him, and Skyler Mornhinweg looked like a distant No. 3 behind Jeff Driskel and Murphy —a clear No. 2 behind Driskel — in fall camp.
I expect a heavy dose of Florida's running game and some significant usage of Trey Burton in the wildcat to take some pressure off of Murphy, and better distribute possibly injurious contact.