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Monday, December 21, 2009
Gators' James to miss Sugar Bowl

By Chris Low

After a glorious run that lasted 22 straight games and included a national championship, it seems like Florida hasn't been able to catch a break these last three weeks.

The latest blow is that senior receiver/return specialist Brandon James won't be able to play in the Allstate Sugar Bowl against Cincinnati after having surgery on his foot. Florida coach Urban Meyer made the announcement Monday.

Meyer announced last weekend that junior defensive end Carlos Dunlap has been reinstated and will play in the Sugar Bowl.

Dunlap's DUI arrest and suspension for the SEC championship game was the start of a bad run for the Gators, who were blown out by Alabama in Atlanta and have also had to deal with everything from staff turnover, Meyer checking himself into the hospital briefly the next day with chest pains and dehydration and a number of juniors pondering their NFL future.