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Dan Mullen Issues Promising Injury Update For Game vs. Georgia

Florida defensive end Jonathan Greenard hits Tennessee quarterback Jarrett Guarantano.

GAINESVILLE, FL- SEPTEMBER 21: Jarrett Guarantano #2 of the Tennessee Volunteers is sacked by Jonathan Greenard #58 of the Florida Gators at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on September 21, 2019 in Gainesville, Florida. (Photo by Carmen Mandato/Getty Images)

Florida and Georgia have both suffered losses this season, but both teams control their own destinies as we move through the 2019 season. Both the Gators and Bulldogs are off until Nov. 2, when they have their annual showdown in Jacksonville.

The World's Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party may very well serve as the play-in game to the SEC East Championship Game. Obviously both teams have other big tests in the league this season, but the winner will be the favorite to face the SEC West Champion in Atlanta.

Two weeks ahead of that game, Florida has gotten some big injury news. Three key Gators should be back in time for the game against the Dawgs.

Defensive ends Jonathan Greenard and Jabari Zuniga, a pair of dynamic pass rushers, have dealt with nagging issues over the last few weeks. Wide receiver Kadarius Toney got off to a nice start to the year, but has been out since Week 2.

Today, head coach Dan Mullen said he expects all three back for Georgia.

Greenard, who went down early in the LSU game and missed last week's win over South Carolina with a sprained ankle, is third on the team with 28 total tackles, and is first in sacks (four), and tackles for loss (6.5). He also has an interception, a forced fumble, and three pass breakups on the year. There aren't many more disruptive players on that Gators defense. Zuniga, another pass rush specialist, is up there though, with three sacks and 5.5 tackles for loss of his own on the season. He has also been dealing with an ankle issue, though his dates back to the Kentucky game in September. He played sparingly against LSU but seemed to aggravate it, and was also out against the Gamecocks last weekend. Toney hasn't played since that Week 2 game against FCS club UT Martin. He took his first catch of the year, in Week 1 against Miami, for 66 yards to the house. On the year, he has three catches for 72 yards. Getting all three back would be a huge lift for the Gators. [

"We expect all 3 of those guys (Greenard, Zuniga, Kadarius Toney) to be back for the Georgia game"

- @CoachDanMullen just now on #SECThisMorning.

— Peter Burns (@PeterBurnsESPN) October 22, 2019

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