Tape It Up: Florida: Down Two For 22

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Florida: Down Two For 22

When No. 5 Florida takes on No. 22 Tennessee next week, the Gators may be down two game-breakers - receiver Andre Caldwell and running back Brandon James were both casualties of Florida's 59-31 win over Troy in Week 2. But they're not the only ones hurting in Gainesville.

Caldwell, a redshirt senior, sprained the MCL in his right knee on Saturday and will definitely be out for this week's game. He had four receptions for 111 yards in his first two games, averaging 27.8 yards per catch. He is a speedster on offense, having competed for the track team at the SEC Outdoor Championships. Against Troy, he caught one pass for eight yards and had an 18-yard touchdown run in the first half. Caldwell is no stranger to injury, having received an extra year of eligibility after breaking his leg in the 2005 season.

James sprained his ankle in the second half of the contest. The sophomore has just two rushes for 10 yards on the season, but is providing great services to the special teams unit - he returned one punt for 32 yards and three kickoffs for 127 yards against the Trojans, including a 59-yard run that set up a touchdown in the first quarter.

Caldwell and James sit atop a long list of banged up Gators. Receiver Jarred Fayson injured his left knee against Troy, but returned to the game. Backup safety Bryan Thomas joins Caldwell's sprained MCL party and Percy Harvin's tendinitis has travelled from his Achilles to his knee, limiting his practice time. The Gators may soon regret their decision to play Harvin in Saturday's gimme contest - they really didn't need to bring him in for 56 yards rushing and 42 yards receiving, and he may have aggrivated his injuries to the point of keeping him out against Tennessee, a game for which they will actually need him.

Cornelius Ingram and Louis Murphy will be expected to pick up the slack for the ailing receiving corps. Ingram caught seven passes for 105 yards and a touchdown against Troy, marking his best career outing. Murphy had six receptions of his own for 78 yards.

Florida will face their first real test next week when they welcome the Vols to Gainesville for their conference opener, and the defending national champions are going to want all their guns firing. More news should be released on the status of these injuries as the week progresses, but an SEC test against a top-25 opponent is no time for offensive difference-makers to be stuck on the bench.

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