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Dan Mullen Shares Freak Anthony Richardson Injury News

Anthony Richardson makes a throw against South Florida.

TAMPA, FLORIDA - SEPTEMBER 11: Anthony Richardson #15 of the Florida Gators passes during a game against the South Florida Bulls at Raymond James Stadium on September 11, 2021 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

Florida quarterback Anthony Richardson did not play in the Gators' loss to South Carolina on Saturday, and it wasn't because of the concussion he suffered the week before.

On Monday, Florida head coach Dan Mullen revealed that Richardson injured his knee while dancing at the team hotel on Friday night. An MRI was clear, but Richardson was only listed as the team's emergency quarterback against the Gamecocks.

“His MRI came back clean," Mullen said, via Gators Territory. "He’s fine. He got cleared to practice Thursday for the concussion. So he only practiced Thursday then somehow he hurt his knee dancing Friday night. Then he did treatment all day Saturday but was fine to go play, could have played Saturday but having not practiced, coming off a concussion, and with that, he was going to emergency-only situation. Then he was gimping around earlier today, so we’ll see.”

Emory Jones, who was beaten out by Richardson for the starting job prior to the Georgia game on October 30, started against South Carolina and threw for 258 yards, two touchdowns and one interception in a 40-17 loss.

It is unclear as of now whether or not Richardson will be available for this weekend's game against Samford. If he can't go, Jones will start again.

Now 4-5 on the season after three straight losses, Florida made multiple staff changes on Sunday night and has to win two of its final three games to become bowl eligible.