Florida coach Jim McElwain updated the status of a handful of injured Gators on Wednesday, through the weekly SEC media teleconference and his remarks to reporters — and, overall, the updates were more good than bad for his team.
McElwain said Wednesday evening that Florida's most prominent injured player, Vernon Hargreaves, is now "probable" for the game, an upgrade on the "probably questionable" diagnosis he gave earlier this week, prior to the All-American cornerback returning to practice on Tuesday.
Another Florida player who returned to practice this week is Martez Ivey, and the hulking tackle got an even better prognosis from McElwain. Florida's coach says the freshman phenom, in line to compete for a starting spot before sustaining a knee injury that required surgery in the penultimate week of Florida's fall camp, will play and "looks ready", but it's unclear how many snaps he will be asked to contribute.
The news is less sunny for linebacker Alex Anzalone, who left last Saturday's game against East Carolina after injuring a shoulder that he had major surgery on prior to the 2013 season. McElwain gave no timetable on his return in late Wednesday remarks, and had termed his chances of playing at Kentucky as "very doubtful" earlier on the SEC teleconference.
Florida will also be without backup wide receiver and running back Case Harrison, who sustained a thumb injury and will be out two weeks, and might be without tight end C'yontai Lewis, who injured his hand on Tuesday. Harrison plays sparingly, but is a contributor on special teams, while Lewis has three catches for 50 yards and two touchdowns in 2015, snagging both scores against New Mexico State.