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Gators plagued by injuries

 
 
Florida Gators linebacker Antonio Morrison (12), defensive lineman Earl Okine (91) and defensive lineman Damien Jacobs (4) wrap up LSU Tigers quarterback Zach Mettenberger (8) behind the line of scrimmage during the second quarter of their game at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium in Gainesville on Oct. 6, 2012. Florida defeated LSU, 14-6.
Florida Gators linebacker Antonio Morrison (12), defensive lineman Earl Okine (91) and defensive lineman Damien Jacobs (4) wrap up LSU Tigers quarterback Zach Mettenberger (8) behind the line of scrimmage during the second quarter of their game at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium in Gainesville on Oct. 6, 2012. Florida defeated LSU, 14-6.
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Miami Herald Writer

It’s official, No. 10 Florida will kick off the season without its top tailback, offensive guard and linebacker.

Coach Will Muschamp announced that running back Matt Jones (illness) and right guard Jon Halapio (torn pectoral) are out for the opener against Toledo (Aug. 31), while middle linebacker Antonio Morrison remains suspended.

Jones is set to have additional blood work on Monday and is “questionable” beyond Week 1. Halapio, a senior with 27 consecutive starts, is likely sidelined until the Tennessee game.

Junior tailback Mack Brown will start in Jones’ place, but will not see feature back carries.

“It will be a little more spread out at this time,” Muschamp said. “We’ve got a lot of confidence in Mack, Mark Herndon and Valdez Showers.”

Nebraska-transfer Tyler Moore will start at right guard.

More Injury Updates

Muschamp said fullback Hunter Joyer (hamstring), cornerback Vernon Hargreaves III (sprained shoulder), defensive tackle Damien Jacobs (patella) and wideout Raphael Andrades (turf toe) are all expected to return Monday.

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