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Georgia wide receiver Arian Smith (11) during the Bulldogs’ practice scrimmage session in Athens, Ga., on Sat., Aug. 21, 2021. (Photo by Mackenzie Miles)
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Kirby Smart updates injury status of Arian Smith, Kendall Milton and other Bulldogs after first scrimmage

As is usually the case with the physical nature of Georgia’s fall camp, a number of Bulldogs have sustained injuries during the run of practice. Kirby Smart, speaking after Georgia’s first scrimmage, provided an update on those who were limited.

Smart confirmed that wide receiver Arian Smith is out and will need ankle surgery. Smith has had a myriad of injuries during his time at Georgia, as wrist, knee and shin injuries have limited the speedy wide receiver to just eight games in his Georgia career.

Smart did not put a timetable on his return and classified it as a high ankle sprain.

“Arian’s probably the toughest one,” Smart said. “The poor kid can’t catch a break. He’s had an injury right when he first got here, jumping in the long jump pit, then he had another injury his sophomore year. He’s just worked so hard to get back. He gave up track this year, and he’s an elite track runner. Elite. He gave that up so that he could have a successful season. He had a tough ankle sprain. It’s a high ankle sprain. Don’t know how long it’s going to take. It is going to require surgery, but it’s not broken. We’re hopeful to get him back. He’s overcome so much, and he’s such a great kid. Got a great family, such a positive kid, and he keeps getting tough breaks.”

“I think the biggest thing is staying healthy for Arian,” Monken said. “He just hasn’t been on the field long enough as a developmental player. He is fast. He is athletic. He is a great kid. But not being healthy and being out there to develop… What that does, is that restricts you from a player being an every-down player to get on the field more often because you can’t trust them and everything you’re asking them to do, so they have to be situational players.”

Smart also revealed that Kendall Milton has been dealing with a hamstring injury that has limited him this fall. The junior running back was not spotted at the portion of practice the media was allowed to attend on Saturday. Milton has missed time in each of the past two seasons with an MCL injury.

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Offensive lineman Tate Ratledge was also limited in practice as he has turf toe. It does not have anything to do with the foot injury he suffered last season. Freshman offensive lineman Earnest Greene has a hamstring injury that has been impacting availability in practice as well.

“Tate is dinged up. He’s got turf toe. It’s not anything to do with his lisfranc,” Smart said. “We should get him back. Earnest, he’s got a hamstring that’s bothering him. It’s been bothering really for a couple of weeks now. He’s had it since summer workouts. It’s kind of been nagging him off and on, so we held him today. Kendall Milton’s got a little bit of a grade one hamstring, but it’s nothing severe.”

Trezmen Marshall has been dealing with a calf strain but he was able to practice today. Freshman wide receiver De’Nylon Morrissette has been dealing with a hyper-extended knee that has limited him this spring as well.

The Bulldogs will be off tomorrow before resuming practice on Monday. Georgia will hold another scrimmage next Saturday.

Georgia coach Kirby Smart updates injury status of several Bulldogs

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