Brantley’s status iffy at best for LSU game

By Adam Silverstein
October 3, 2011

Florida Gators redshirt senior quarterback John Brantley, who injured his right leg against the Alabama Crimson Tide late in the second quarter on Saturday and did not return to the game, has been diagnosed with a high ankle sprain according to three separate reports from ESPN, the Palm Beach Post and (sub. req.).

Brantley has started every game for Florida since Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow graduated in 2009 and did not miss a single start in 2010 even though he was injured during the year and had his quarterbacking duties split three ways throughout the second half of the season.

The difference between a normal sprained ankle and a high ankle sprain is that the latter consists of torn ligaments in the lower leg (between the tibia and fibula) rather than in the ankle itself. It is typically more severe than a regular sprained ankle (even grade three sprains) and usually takes an extended period of time to fully heal.

Head coach Will Muschamp did not provide much comment about Brantley’s injury after Saturday’s game but promised to provide an update on Monday when he holds his weekly press conference.

Seeing as the Gators have kept most of the players’ injuries close to the vest this season, Muschamp may or may not provide a completely clear picture as to Brantley’s injury and expected recovery period.

Should Brantley be unable to go Saturday, freshman QB Jeff Driskel will make his first start against the No. 1/2 LSU Tigers on Saturday in Baton Rouge, LA. Driskel is 7/16 for 73 yards with no touchdowns and two interceptions so far this season.


  1. Aligator says:

    Let’s hope he gets better soon ….

  2. cline says:

    Get well Johnny….. we need you. GO GATORS!

  3. goldengator says:

    I really feel for John. He was having the best night of his career against a very tough defense. Gator Nation is finally on board, believing in him and this happens. This year is his last hurrah, his swan song, and I am genuinely hopeful he pulls through this soon and gets to lead this Gator offense, with success, as he finishes his career in Orange and Blue. Go Gators!!

  4. Bradgator2 says:

    Sucks for JB. I thought he was doing really well against Bama (except for the pick 6). If best case is high ankle… then it will at least 6 weeks out. I dont know why the coaches would put JB back in after that unless Driskel and Brissett turn out to suck. But I think Driskell will look much better against LSU. Hell of a game to start though!

  5. Joonas says:

    Get well soon, JB…. Gator Nation needs you

  6. Jesse says:

    Great game JB, you finally got that long-ball dialed in. Hope to see you in Atlanta.

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