GAINESVILLE -- Florida could be without first-team tailback Matt Jones at the start of the 2013 season, coach Will Muschamp announced Monday. The sophomore remains out indefinitely while recuperating from a viral infection.
Muschamp said the team would not rush back the preseason all-Southeastern Conference tailback.
Weve just got to be careful with his condition there, Muschamp said. Were a little bit in uncharted waters having the type of infection he had. Then youre talking about the heat were in and that sort of thing. We need to be really careful that we dont have a relapse of the situation.
Jones will play for Florida in 2013, Muschamp said, but he said Jones might miss some games early in the season.
Muschamp also updated the rest of UFs injury issues. Starting fullback Hunter Joyer pulled his hamstring and will be sidelined at least eight to 10 days. First-team left guard Jon Halapio (torn pectoral) will not be cleared for contact for another 10 days, but offensive linemen Trip Thurman and Max Garcia returned to practice. Cornerbacks Jaylen Watkins (sprained foot) and Damien Jacobs (patella) remain out.