First, Florida Gators quarterback Jeff Driskel is lost for the season and now the best player on the team -- defensive lineman  Dominique Easley -- is out for the year, too.

Easley, it was announced Wednesday, tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee during Florida practice Tuesday night.

Injures have already crippled a once-promising Gator season, and a loss to Kentucky Saturday for the first time since 1986 is not out of the question.

The Gators have beaten the Wildcats 26 straight times, but that streak could easly come to an end Saturday in Lexington. 

You know UF Coach Will Muschamp must be worried about losing to UK or else why was he apparently downplaying the magnitude of Easley's injury during his appearance on the weekly SEC coaches teleconference?

Either Muschamp wasn'y quite up to date on Easley's medical status or he was trying to hide the information from the Wildcats. Considering Easley is his best player, I'm thinking Muschamp was up to date on Easley's medical status and was simply trying to keep the injury information from UK's coaching staff for as long as possible.

Or maybe Muschamp (wink, wink) was being completely honest when he said on the teleconference: "He (Easley) was playing the run on a screen and just tweaked it a little bit. We think he'll be fine. We just need more information right now. We're going through that process at this time."

While Muschamp was on the SEC teleconference, Easley was on Twitter with a cryptic message suggesting that he had played his last game at UF.

Tweeted Easley, whose dominating performance against Tennessee on Saturday earned him SEC Defensive Player of the Week honors: "Gatornation thank you for all of 4 yrs of sticking with me but god has something else planned for and have no worries #believe."

As the injuries mount, it's becoming harder and harder for Gator fans to believe. The Gators have already lost their most important player on offense (Driskel) and defense (Easley). They've also lost one of their most important special teams players (return specialist Andre DeBose) and offensive lineman (right tackle Chaz Green).

Who would have ever thought that three games into a season that a UF victory over Kentucky would now be in question?

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