Florida defensive end/outside linebacker Cece Jefferson is expected to miss several months after undergoing surgery on his right shoulder earlier this week, according to multiple reports.
Jefferson injured his shoulder during Florida’s spring game on Saturday. He’s expected to recover in time for preseason practice in early August.
The Gainesville Sun, which first reported the news, was told by a source the surgery was “significant” and Jefferson could miss at least four months.
In three seasons at Florida, Jefferson has totaled 28.5 tackles, 9.5 sacks and one forced fumble. He set career highs with 13.5 tackles for loss and 4.5 sacks as a junior last season, leading the Gators in each category.
Florida will utilize a 3-4 defensive alignment under new coordinator Todd Grantham this season. Jefferson had been lining up as an edge rusher in the scheme this spring.
If Jefferson misses the start of the season, Jabari Zuniga, Jachai Polite and Antonneous Clayton are among the names that could step in.
–Field Level Media