GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) - No. 20 Florida will be without defensive tackle Dominique Easley, one of the team's best players, for the remainder of the season.
Coach Will Muschamp said Wednesday that Easley tore the anterior cruciate ligament and medial meniscus in his right knee during a non-contact drill in practice a day earlier.
Muschamp said earlier that Easley "tweaked" his knee and added "we think he'll be fine."
Easley, though, made it clear on his Twitter page that he was done for the year.
The school clarified things with a statement from Muschamp.
Losing Easley is a significant setback for a defense that leads the Southeastern Conference in just about every major category. Easley had four quarterback hurries and two tackles for loss this season.
The Gators play at Kentucky on Saturday. Kickoff is at 7:00 p.m. The game televised by ESPNU.