GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A trio of defensive linemen could miss Florida’s next game against Georgia.
Defensive tackle Joey Ivie (thumb) and defensive ends Bryan Cox Jr. (thumb) and Jordan Sherit (knee) are all dealing with injuries and missed the Missouri game. Ivie and Sherit were also out against Vanderbilt.
Cox hurt his thumb in warmups last Saturday and the injury could be serious.
“I don’t know whether he’ll go again this year,” McElwain said. “It’s totally up to see where the medical evidence and obviously where they are mentally as far as moving forward. We’d sure like to have him back but you never know.”
Sherit returned to practice Tuesday, but the status for he and Ivie are still to be determined.
“Jordan Sherit actually came out yesterday in some shorts and stuff and bounced around a little bit,” McElwain said. “Time will tell. I think he’s still a full week away though. Going into next Wednesday we’ll have an official list going into the game.
“Joey Ivie is still in a cast. We’ll see where that is when they go back in at the end of the week and take a look at how it’s healed … to see if we can get those pins out.”
McElwain listed several defensive linemen who’ve stepped up with Cox, Sherit and Ivie not practicing.
“I thought Antonneous Clayton, he’s still a long ways away from being where he’s going to be, but I thought he and Keivonnis really kind of played well,” McElwain said. “I thought CeCe — I know he’s not young, but he is in relative terms — I thought he really showed up.
“When you go down inside, the guy that I’d like to recognize a little bit, you know we keep waiting for him and I think the light came on a little bit is Taven Bryan. I thought Taven, he showed up and became relevant in the game and I thought that was really important for us.”
Running back Jordan Cronkrite (leg) and tight end DeAndre Goolsby (finger) are not practicing this week, but McElwain doesn’t expect them to be out for long. Defensive tackle Caleb Brantley (hand) and defensive end Justus Reed (undisclosed) are still battling through injuries.