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Florida Gators star tight end Kyle Pitts is out for Saturday night’s game vs. Arkansas

Kyle Pitts suffered a concussion after a vicious hit in last week’s game against Georgia.

Florida Gators tight end Kyle Pitts celebrates as he scores a touchdown against the Vanderbilt Commodores during the second half at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

The Florida Gators will be without their star tight end Kyle Pitts on Saturday, Nov. 14 against the Arkansas Razorbacks as he battles back from a concussion.

Florida head coach Dan Mullen announced Pitts would be unavailable in an interview on SEC Nation on Saturday morning.

Pitts suffered the injury after taking a vicious hit from Georgia Bulldogs safety Lewis Cine, who was ejected for targeting during last week’s game. Cine also suffered a concussion on the play, and it’s unclear if he would’ve been able to go if Georgia’s game against the Missouri Tigers wasn’t postponed.

Pitts is a game changer at a position with very few game changers. Through five games, he has eight touchdowns with 414 yards on 24 receptions. He is a major reason the Gators’ offense is as dangerous as it is, guiding UF to where it sits now as a 4-1 team with the inside track at winning the SEC East and getting a spot in the conference title game to play Alabama. If the Gators run the table, there would be zero argument to keep them out of the College Football Playoff.

With the news of Pitts not returning, DraftKings Sportsbook has Florida as 17-point favorites in tonight’s game against Arkansas with the over/under set at 60.5. One item to note is the Razorbacks will be without their head coach Sam Pittman, who tested positive for the coronavirus. Arkansas has covered in every game so far this season and heads into this game with a 3-3 record.

Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. ET from Ben Hill Griffin Stadium in Gainesville, Florida. The game can be seen on ESPN.