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Flu bug bites Gators, forces Leon Orr out of Missouri game

 

Miami Herald Writer

The Gators will be without backup defensive tackle Leon Orr on Saturday against Missouri after a flu bug made its way through the Florida locker room.

Orr was admitted to Shands hospital in Gainesville on Tuesday to receive fluids through an IV, and coach Will Muschamp said safety Matt Elam and a “handful” of other players have also been affected.

Elam was set to practice Thursday, Muschamp said, adding that the medical staff takes precautions when a player becomes sick with contagious symptoms to prevent the sickness from spreading.

“We get them away from the football team immediately,” Muschamp said. “It’ll get through your locker room quick. … We’ve had a handful. It hasn’t been much. But we’ll be fine.”

Muschamp called Orr’s situation a “72-hour deal,” adding that the defensive tackle was “really sick” but is “going to be fine.”

• Starting left tackle Xavier Nixon (knee) and defensive end/outside linebacker Lerentee McCray (ankle/knee) are questionable for Saturday’s game, although Muschamp said he expects both to play. Freshman Dante Fowler and redshirt sophomore Neiron Ball would play in McCray’s spot, and freshman D.J. Humphries would back up Nixon.

• When asked about the possibility, Muschamp endorsed offensive coordinator Brent Pease as a name that should be considered for a head coaching position. “Certainly,” he said. “[He] should be. He’s a really good football coach, and I endorse him 100 percent.”s

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