ATLANTA -- It appears Florida star Percy Harvin (sprained right ankle) will not be participating in this afternoon's SEC championship game against Alabama.
When the Gators came out to the Georgia Dome field for pregame warmups, Harvin was wearing his uniform jersey and sweatpants. He had on no pads or helmet and stayed on the sideline while his teammates went through drills. At one point, when the team gathered at midfield, Harvin was noticeably limping as he walked to join them.
Harvin, who is averaging 103 all-purpose yards per game, is a huge loss for the Gators. Florida relies on him in the running game as much as the passing game. In his absence, the Gators will have to lean more heavily on tailbacks Chris Rainey and Jeff Demps. It also means Tim Tebow will be without one of his top downfield threats. Harvin leads the Gators in receiving yards (507) and yards per catch (15.8). Louis Murphy is himself a proven receiver, but youngsters Riley Cooper and Deonte Thompson will have to play bigger roles, as will tight end Aaron Hernandez.