|Gators lose Trautwein, Rainey for season, expect to get Caldwell back|
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|Monday, 01 October 2007 16:31|
And the Gators could be without long-snapper James Smith and backup guard Maurice Hurt at top-ranked LSU on Saturday.
Trautwein, a senior captain who started every game for the national champions last season, missed the first five games this year because of a stress fracture in his right foot. The Gators (4-1) had hoped he would be able to return, but coach Urban Meyer said Monday he was done for the season.
``I don't believe he'll play this year,'' Meyer said.
Trautwein is expected to receive a medical redshirt and return next season.
Rainey, one of numerous freshmen playing for the Gators, injured his shoulder and was expected to have surgery soon. He returned one kickoff for 39 yards, one punt for 22 yards and had one carry for 10 yards.
Smith and Hurt, meanwhile, missed practice Monday. Smith was wearing a protective boot on his right foot while Hurt was wearing a neck brace to help recover from a stinger.
The Gators do expect to have receiver Andre ``Bubba'' Caldwell back at full speed for Saturday's game at top-ranked LSU. Caldwell played sparingly in a 20-17 loss to Auburn after missing two games with a sprained ligament in his right knee.
``He's become a leader,'' Meyer said. ``He's an inspiration to the team. He was wild on that sideline during the (Auburn) game. He has to keep control of his emotions because he's such an emotional guy. And we need Bubba back.''