Tape It Up: Mid-Week SEC Woes

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Mid-Week SEC Woes

The SEC may be the nation's toughest conference, but it's running the risk of becoming the nation's most depleted conference, as well. The injury reports keep mounting from the Southeast and this week was no exception, as Ole Miss and Florida both had bad news to report: Rebels receiver Dexter McCluster should keep his close relationship with the sidelines and Florida's secondary couldn't really afford another hit, but cornerback Markus Manson certainly didn't intend to be carted off the field after Tuesday's practice.

McCluster missed the second half of last season with a shoulder injury and a concussion after taking a huge hit on the opening play of the Vanderbilt game, so he's no stranger to the bench. Unfortunately for the sophomore wide out, he should make himself comfortable there, as head coach Ed Orgeron announced that the unspecified injury that kept him out of last week's opener could keep him off the gridiron for another six weeks.

The 5-foot-9, 165-pound receiver was Ole Miss' most productive receiver last season and finished with the third-most all-purpose yards on the team, even though he played in only six games. He compiled 274 kick return yards on 13 returns, 232 receiving yards on 15 catches and 68 rushing yards on eight carries. The Rebels are hoping this mysterious injury lasts on the three side of the three-to-six-week window doctors have given McCluster.

Things aren't looking much better in Florida, where cornerback Markus Manson left Tuesday's practice on a cart. The junior sprained his ankle and coach Urban Meyer is unsure how long he'll be out. Manson was listed as a starter in spring ball, but he was later beaten out for the job. He saw time in the Gators' 49-3 win over Western Kentucky last weekend, but did not register a tackle. Markihe Anderson, also formerly listed as a starter at corner, is still hurting as well - he sprained the MCL in his right knee before last weekend's game, sidelining him for the romp. Anderson is unlikely to start this weekend, thinning out that Gator secondary even further.

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