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D.J. Humphries injury: Gators' starting left tackle out 2-3 weeks with bone chip in ankle

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Florida lost its starting left tackle on Saturday when D.J. Humphries got hurt.

Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Florida tight end Jake McGee wasn't the only Gator to be lost to injury in Florida's 65-0 blowout of Eastern Michigan on Saturday: Gators left tackle D.J. Humphries will be out "2-3 weeks" after sustaining a bone chip in his left ankle.

Humphries left Saturday's game early in the first half and appeared to be getting his ankle taped on the sideline before later retreating to the locker room and never returning.

Humphries has had something of a star-crossed existence as a Gator. After playing (and struggling) as a freshman in 2012 thanks in large part to a lack of SEC-ready strength, Humphries spent 2013 dealing with a nagging knee injury that eventually ended his season prematurely.

With Humphries out, Florida used true freshman David Sharpe at left tackle and shifted Chaz Green to the position. A combination of Green, Sharpe, and redshirt freshman Roderick Johnson is likely to hold down the tackle positions in Humphries's continued absence.

Crucially, though, a two- or three-week recovery timeline for Humphries likely means that Florida will head to Alabama on September 20 with a freshman, either Johnson or Sharpe, expected to start at one of the two tackle positions.

There have been more fortuituous injuries.