GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) -Florida's leading rusher Chris Rainey will play in the SEC Championship game against top-ranked Alabama on Saturday despite being hampered by a groin injury for more than a month.
Florida coach Urban Meyer first disclosed the injury Thursday night when he was asked about Rainey limping off the practice field.
``It won't affect him during the game,'' said Meyer, who claimed he did not know the specifics of the injury or when it occurred. ``He's had it for, like, five weeks now.''
The speedy running back may need offseason surgery to correct the problem, Meyer said.
Rainey leads the second-ranked Gators (11-1) with 654 yards rushing and has four touchdowns. Rainey also is tied with freshman Jeffrey Demps with a team-high eight runs of 20 or more yards, including a 73-yarder against The Citadel and a 75-yard touchdown run against Arkansas.
o ran for 97 yards on just eight carries against Florida State last Saturday.
Rainey is averaging 8 yards per carry, third-best on the team behind Demps (9.6) and Percy Harvin (8.8).
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