Who's playing this weekend and who's staying on the sidelines?
Injuries are a part of football, but unfortunately sometimes they can determine the success of a team. Just look at Florida, which is a prime example—it has lost a half dozen starters to season-ending surgery, including a handful of prime defensive players.
There were some big names to go down with injury over the weekend, but will they be ready to go in the next few days? I've got you covered; here's an update:
1. Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M
The reigning Heisman Trophy winner went down with a shoulder injury in the fourth quarter, only to come back and fall short of a game-winning drive. Manziel did not practice Monday and was seen in a sling, but is expected to play vs. Vanderbilt this weekend.
2. Connor Shaw, QB, South Carolina
We've seen this a lot of the last two years. Shaw suffered a sprained knee in the Gamecocks' loss to Tennessee after running around like a chicken with its head cut off (19 carries, 78 yards), instead of being the pocket passer Steve Spurrier wants him to be. He'll get that with Dylan Thompson, who will start for South Carolina this weekend at Missouri. Shaw won't start, but if things go poorly, could get some action.
3. Duke Johnson, RB, Miami (Fla.)
Johnson left early in the North Carolina game with a migraine, but there's no reason to believe he won't start for Miami's matchup with Wake Forest. Goal-line vulture Dallas Crawford was exceptional in his place, but don't let that fool you—Johnson is one of the best backs in the country and will always get the start when healthy.
4. De'Anthony Thomas, RB, Oregon
Remember this guy? After sitting out the last four weeks with an ankle injury, Thomas is expected to make an appearance against UCLA this weekend. If he's 100 percent, this scary Oregon offense just got a lot scarier.
5. Tommy Rees, QB, Notre Dame
Rees has been cleared for practice and all signs point to him starting Saturday vs. Air Force. He left in the third quarter of a defensive battle with USC after suffering a neck injury, and the Irish failed to score any points after his departure. Rees isn't a top college quarterback, but he means a lot to this team's success.
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