Fans and Internet crush Florida coaching staff for putting clearly injured QB Malik Zaire back in game

Things are going from bad to worse for the Florida Gators offense on Saturday.

The Gators have yet to score a touchdown, and quarterback Malik Zaire has been running for his life on nearly every snap. And now the graduate-transfer QB is hurt.

Zaire hurt his knee following a 31-yard run in the second quarter of the game. He stayed on the ground on the field as trainers came to check on him. He walked off the field for further evaluation and Feleipe Franks came in for one play, a pass that hit a Florida lineman in the back before falling incomplete.

TV cameras captured the Florida training staff putting Zaire through a couple agility drills and snaps on the sideline, and he returned to the game after Franks’ one play. But the play call was a designed QB run, and after taking two steps and not being touched by anyone, Zaire collapsed, favoring the same injury.

Fans and viewers on Twitter were shocked and angry with Florida head coach Randy Shannon and the team’s training staff for putting Zaire back in to begin with, as well as with offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier for immediately calling a run play with a banged-up QB.

CBS Sports did report after Zaire left the game for the second time that, after he was examined by trainers, Zaire told them he felt good enough to return. However, that clearly was not the case. Sometimes coaching and training staffs have to protect players from themselves, right?

Zaire has been in and out of the injury tent on the sideline, and reports have said he has put a brace on the knee and has his helmet, but as of now Franks is still running the Gators offense.

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