Gators missing two defensive players against Vanderbilt

The Florida Gators will be without two key defensive players this week against Vanderbilt and one may be lost for the rest of the regular season.

Monday afternoon Dan Mullen announced that linebacker Jeremiah Moon (foot) and Amari Burney (knee sprain) will miss this weekend’s game against the Commodores.

“In talking to our trainers, here’s what we got: our guys that came into the game bumped up, with a bunch of bangs and bruises, we came out pretty healthy with those guys,” Mullen said. “Jeremiah Moon is going to be out for a little bit here with a foot injury and Amari Burney’s going to miss … he’s doubtful this week, but we’ll see. We should get him back before the end of the year.”

When pressed for more information Mullen said he didn’t have all the information he needed but that he would expect that Moon would miss the rest of the regular season. Mullen wouldn’t rule Burney out, saying he was doubtful this weekend but unsure about the rest of the year for the linebacker with a knee sprain.

Moon broke his foot during an offseason workout and missed all of spring camp. Moon was able to bounce back from the injury and he was a solid contributor this season. He’s fifth on the team 31 tackles. He has 6.5 tackles for a loss, three sacks, two pass breakups and three quarterback hurries. Moon’s role this season has expanded and he’s grown into it. He’s played well, especially when starting Buck linebacker Jon Greenard missed two games with an ankle sprain.

Burney has already missed two games this season with an injury but remains fourth on the team with 32 tackles.

Nick de la Torre
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