GAINESVILLE - Florida DT Javier Estopinan will miss the rest of the season after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee Saturday during the Gators' 42-30 loss to Georgia, Florida coach Urban Meyer said Monday.
Meyer said Estopinan, who has suffered three ACL tears in three years, intends to return to Florida next season as a redshirt senior.
''He's coming back,'' Meyer said. ''He'll be one of the leaders next year.''
In other defensive line injury news, Meyer said redshirt freshman Terron Sanders suffered a high ankle sprain Saturday and could miss significant time. At the moment, the Gators' only healthy defensive tackles who have played more than mop-up duty are senior Clint McMillan, senior Lutrell Alford, freshman Torrey Davis and redshirt freshman Lawrence Marsh. Meyer said Monday that freshman John Brown must get his academics in order and probably won't play this season.
TEBOW STILL HURTING: QB Tim Tebow said Monday that his bruised right shoulder probably won't heal without rest, but he intends to keep playing.
''Our trainers will do a great job of getting it as well as it can be,'' Tebow said. ''I'll probably play with some pain and with some discomfort.''
Tebow, who was named a semifinalist Monday for the Davey O'Brien Award, said he received an injection before the Georgia game, but he said he didn't know if he would need one for Saturday's game against Vanderbilt.
RICHT APOLOGIZES: Georgia coach Mark Richt sent a letter to Southeastern Conference commissioner Mike Slive apologizing for encouraging his players to draw an excessive celebration penalty after the Bulldogs scored their first touchdown Saturday. The entire team left the sidelines and celebrated on the field. In the letter, Richt wrote that he expected the 11 players on the field would celebrate, not the entire team.
''I admit this was inappropriate,'' Richt wrote. ''What I had envisioned was for the eleven guys on the field to celebrate the score.''