Another week, more SEC players lost to injury. In an age when more and more parents are questioning the safety of football in general, the SEC in particular is being bitten hard by the injury bug. Georgia and Florida have lost the most players to season-ending injuries, but just about everyone’s suffered some losses.
“Well, that’s football,” you say? True. It’s a dangerous sport. But at no time since the creation of the NCAA has the topic of player safety been so hot. And each week, more SEC players go down.
Take this past weekend (and this likely isn’t even a full list):
* Kentucky quarterback Jalen Whitlow sprained his ankle and will miss at least one game.
* Ole Miss defensive end Robert Nkemdiche will be out for at least three games with a hamstring injury.
* Missouri quarterback James Franklin will miss three to five weeks with a shoulder separation.
* Arkansas defensive tackle Robert Thomas will miss the rest of the season with a broken leg.
* Florida running back Matt Jones will miss the rest of the season with a knee injury.
Those are some key performers. But they’re not the only ones who’ve been lost this season or who might miss action on Saturday.
Below is as complete a listing — by the numbers — of the SEC’s injuries to date. It’s not pretty:
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That’s information gathered from the schools and outside sources, so it’s by no means a definitive list. But it does give you an idea of just how many injuries each SEC school has had to deal with in 2013.