Posted: Monday September 30, 2013 5:03 PM

Injured Florida DT Easley turning pro after season

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) - Florida defensive tackle Dominique Easley, who sustained a season-ending knee injury last week, will enter the NFL draft.

The 6-foot-2, 285-pound senior from Staten Island, N.Y., could apply for a medical redshirt and receive another year of eligibility. But coach Will Muschamp says Easley "is definitely going to the NFL next year.''

Easley, one of the most disruptive linemen in the Southeastern Conference, tore the anterior cruciate ligament and medial meniscus in his right knee during practice last Tuesday. He tore the ACL in his left knee in November 2011.

Those injuries could be cause for concern among NFL teams, but Muschamp says moving to the NFL is "the best move for him right now.''

Easley had 72 tackles, including 18 for loss, and 5 1/2 sacks at Florida.

 
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