Georgia coach Kirby Smart declares Kearis Jackson out ‘3 to 4 weeks’
ATHENS — Georgia coach Kirby Smart announced redshirt freshman receiver Kearis Jackson will be out “3 to 4 weeks” after suffering “a couple different breaks” in his hand/wrist area on Saturday night.
Jackson was injured with 10:19 left in the game when he was tackled at the Vanderbilt 4-yard line, fumbling the ball at the end of the play.
Smart said Jackson will get back on the practice field as soon as possible with his hand taped up in club-like fashion.
“It will be week to week once he gets back,” Smart said.
The No. 3-ranked Bulldogs (1-0) open the home portion of their schedule at 4 p.m. at Sanford Stadium on Saturday against FCS Murray State (1-0).
Jackson, who made his first career start Saturday, was X-Rayed at the game. He was seen wearing a splint before leaving the stadium following the 30-6 win over the Commodores.
Georgia also lines up Demetris Robertson and freshman Dominick Blaylock at the slot receiver position, where Jackson plays.
Defensive end Malik Herring and defensive tackle Julian Rochester both dressed for the game but didn’t play.
“We talked about it after the game, if (Herring) continues to use practice and get better he’ll play,” Smart said. “Julian was there. We take guys that can play. He continues to get better and regain health.”
Rochester had ACL surgery following last season and missed spring drills but has been participating on a limited basis in fall drills.
Smart said freshman linebacker Nakobe Dean is still bothered by the ankle injury he suffered in practice earlier in fall camp.
“Nakobe is hurting, still,” Smart said. “We thought he was close to being able to go in the game, but it’s still bothering Nakobe. He was tough enough to try and go.”
Georgia coach Kirby Smart previews Georgia football game against Vanderbilt