Florida’s defense took a hit last Saturday when linebacker Ventrell Miller suffered an unknown injury in the Gators’ 42-20 win over South Florida. That injury was subsequently deemed to be an elbow injury, but the exact nature- and the exact severity- of the injury were not immediately known.
Today, the Gators’ worst fears were realized. According to multiple reports (and first reported by the Orlando Sentinel), Ventrell Miller will miss the duration of the 2021 season with a torn biceps tendon.
Because Miller- a senior- played in less than two full games this season, which is far less than the NCAA mandated maximum of 30% of the twelve game season, he is eligible to receive a medical redshirt, and could return to play the 2022 season. He underwent surgery this week to repair the tear (The Athletic was the first to report that), and is expected to be good to go this upcoming spring- either in terms of preparation for the NFL Draft, or for a fifth season of eligibility with the Gators.
Miller led the Gators a year ago with 88 tackles, seven and a half of which were for losses. In Miller’s absence, guys like Ty’Ron Hopper, Mohamoud Diabate, and Derek Wingo are expected to see increased roles throughout the course of the season.