Tough break for Powell, Gators

April, 9, 2012
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Just when Florida's Ronald Powell was starting to flash the defensive play-making skills that made him the nation's No. 1 overall prospect a couple of years ago, he's now staring a long rehabilitation process in the face.

Florida announced on Monday that Powell suffered an ACL tear in his left knee during the Gators' spring game last Saturday and would miss four to six months. Powell, a junior defensive end/outside linebacker, will undergo surgery once the swelling in his knee goes down.

Powell, who was having his best spring, will almost certainly miss the first part of the season. The length and success of his recovery will determine how soon he's able to come back.

The injury to Powell means there are two key players now on the Gators' defensive line recovering from ACL tears. Defensive tackle Dominique Easley tore his in the regular-season finale against Florida State last season.

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