Gators' Jenkins should be back for LSU

Florida coach Will Muschamp said Wednesday that starting linebacker Jelani Jenkins is on track to return for the Gators’ game against LSU on Oct. 6.

Jenkins missed most of the Texas A&M game and all of the Tennessee game last week after undergoing surgery for a fractured thumb.

The initial diagnosis was that Jenkins could miss up to four weeks, but Muschamp said Jenkins had his cast changed Tuesday.

“I want to say in eight days they’re going to pull the pin out of there and take another look at it,” Muschamp said. “He’s going to start lifting and running [Wednesday] as far as getting back in the swing of things and getting his body right. We’ll be fine.”

Muschamp did say that junior defensive end Dominique Easley was questionable for Saturday’s game against Kentucky after tweaking his right knee against Tennessee. Easley tore the ACL in his other knee in the Gators’ regular-season finale last year against Florida State.

“We’re just trying to stabilize it. He still has some swelling,” Muschamp said.

Florida has a bye following the Kentucky game and will have an extra week to prepare for LSU’s visit on Oct. 6.