Gators Injury issues

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) - No. 4 Florida will be without starting left tackle Xavier Nixon and backup Matt Patchan for its opener.

Coach Urban Meyer ruled out both players Thursday, saying he's unsure when they will return. Nixon had arthroscopic surgery on his right knee Tuesday. Patchan is recovering from a broken right wrist.

He had a pin inserted in his wrist, which has been in a cast since early this month.

It's unclear how Florida will shuffle its line to fill the void against Miami (Ohio) on Sept. 4. Right tackle Marcus Gilbert moved to the left side earlier this week, and center Mike Pouncey switched to right tackle. But Meyer says he expects Pouncey to stay at center because "I want the ball to hit the quarterback in thehands and not look like the Bad News Bears out there."


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