Alabama, Florida are the walking wounded heading into 2016 SEC … – CBS sports.com (blog)
Alabama and Florida will battle for SEC supremacy while several of the game’s would-be stars watch from the sideline because of injury.
Nick Saban and Jim McElwain updated the injury report on Monday in advance of Saturday’s championship game in Atlanta, offering a preview of a game that appears to favor the team with the better backups. Florida, down to many of its second-stringers already thanks to injuries to nine starters, has seen its injury report grow in length each week since taking control of the SEC East.
McElwain confirmed Monday that Luke Del Rio (shoulder), Alex Anzalone (arm), Jarrad Davis (ankle), Bryan Cox Jr. (ankle), Jordan Sherit (leg), Cam Dillard (knee), Marcus Maye (arm) and Jaewon Taylor (arm) will be scratched from the active roster against the Tide. Those updates were known or assumed, with Davis’ continued absence serving as the most damning setback. Davis is a senior leader and arguably the best player (offense or defense) on the roster. He’s been spotted providing leadership and impacting the sideline in uniform, but defensive coordinator Geoff Collins would much rather have him on the field.
Starting left guard Martez Ivey will be “limited as we move forward,” McElwain said, because of an ankle injury that he played through against Florida State. Defensive back Duke Dawson suffered an ankle injury against Florida State and is questionable for the Alabama game and linebacker Daniel McMillan is day-to-day with a shoulder injury.
Talented safety Nick Washington is currently listed as “out” with his own ankle injury, but McElwain said he’s “doing everything he can to go.”
For Alabama, the health of the team has only become a concern recently. The Tide secondary already lost Eddie Jackson after a season-ending leg injury in late October and on Saturday, had to turn to former