April 7, 2012; Gainesville FL, USA; Florida Gators running back Mike Gillislee (23) runs away from Ronald Powell (7) during the first half of the Florida spring game at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Phil Sears-US PRESSWIRE
Florida Gators defensive lineman Ronald Powell has a torn ACL in his left knee. Powell will be out between 4-6 months.
Florida Gators defensive lineman Ronald Powell has a torn ACL in his left knee. According to Rachel George of the Orlando Sentinel, Powell will be out between 4-6 months, putting his return well into the fall after the Gators have already started play.
Powell was one of 10 starters on the Florida defense set to return this season. He tore the ligament in the second quarter of the Orange & Blue Debut at Florida Field, the Gators' spring game, on Saturday.
Checking in at 6'4" 250 lbs, Powell was the Gators' leading pass rusher last season with six sacks. He is a speed rusher, making a torn ACL injury particularly troubling. If he does return on that schedule, just how effective he will be remains to be seen. These types of injuries can take time for a player to get back to full speed.