Georgia football coach Kirby Smart updates injuries to Eric Stokes, Lawrence Cager
ATHENS — The Georgia offense was without go-to receiver Lawrence Cager and versatile offensive lineman Cade Mays throughout its 19-13 win over Texas A&M, and cornerback Eric Stokes left the game before halftime.
“He got dinged up,” Smart said of Stokes. “I’m not even sure how that is. I don’t think he came back. We rotate three corners, and he wasn’t cleared to come back.”
Sophomore Tyson Campbell, who missed five games with a turf toe injury before returning for the Nov. 9 Missouri game, came on in relief of Stokes and played opposite of DJ Daniel.
Smart did not give a timetable for Stokes’ return. The No. 4-ranked Bulldogs (10-1) close the season at noon next Saturday at Georgia Tech (3-8).
It was the second game missed by Cager, who has been trying to play through a separated shoulder suffered against Tennessee.
“We thought he’d be able to go, he practiced during the week, (and) he obviously was not 100 percent during the week and we wanted to see him go in warmups and cut it loose and he didn’t feel that he could,” Smart said. “He tried to practice all week.”
Smart said that practicing doesn’t make Cager’s injury any worse, because he’s not getting hit on the injured shoulder.
“It’s one of those he’s helping take a little mileage off the other guys and he’s also staying fresh in the offense,” Smart explained. “Sometimes when you step away, you get away. It’s not his legs that are tired, it’s his injury. He just didn’t feel comfortable that he could go and it was tough conditions.
“We knew it was going to be tough conditions and having a healthy guy out there helps.”
Mays also practice this week, but his reps were limited to special teams, as Ben Cleveland started at right guard.
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