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WR Chris Rainey to play, K Caleb Sturgis out and more Gators news heading into Georgia game

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WR Chris Rainey will play Saturday vs. Georgia after a five-game suspension. (Orlando Sentinel photo)

Coming off a bye and facing rival Georgia on Saturday, Florida had several player updates on Thursday.

– WR Chris Rainey will play for the first time since September. He was arrested Sept. 14 and subsequently suspended. He was reinstated Oct. 10 after his legal case was resolved and had to meet conditions to be able to play. Coach Urban Meyer said Wednesday that Rainey had done that, and added Thursday that he would play vs. the Bulldogs. He has missed five games.

– Kicker Caleb Sturgis, who was expected to return this week from a hairline fracture in his vertebrae, will not play. Meyer said he had pain when he kicked Wednesday and that when Sturgis could return is unclear. Chas Henry, who has kicked field goals and extra points the past three games, will play in his spot. Henry has missed three field goals, including two vs. Mississippi State. Meyer said Henry made all his field goals in practice Thursday and that he feels comfortable with him inside 40 yards.

– The Gators’ injured RBs got better. Mike Gillislee (hamstring) and Emmanuel Moody (thigh) are 100 percent, Meyer said.

“Dempsy is pretty good. We’re gonna rest him tomorrow. He went pretty good today,” Meyer said. “It’s the best he’s been in whatever it’s been, five weeks. He’s not 100 percent yet, but I’m hoping he’s going to be 100 percent at game time.”

– Sprained ankles have hobbled WR Andre Debose and DT Jaye Howard. Both are traveling with the team but Meyer said he doesn’t expect them to play a lot.

– CB Moses Jenkins (elbow) will be available to play for the first time since getting hurt in the season opener.

– OL Matt Patchan (wrist) will not play. He has been trying to return since breaking his wrist in preseason. Meyer was optimistic during the bye week but said Thursday that he’s not ready.

“I just want that kid around. He’s my guy. He’s the guy you want on that bus when you’re going to Jacksonville,” said Meyer, who has praised Patchan for being a high-energy guy. “I love that guy.”


 




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