COLUMBIA, Mo. — Georgia left Memorial Stadium a beat-up football team in need of rest and recovery, with four starters knocked out of Saturday’s game due to injury.
The No. 2-ranked Bulldogs prevailed 43-29 against Missouri, but it came at a cost.
Left tackle Andrew Thomas re-injured his left ankle and left the game. Georgia coach Kirby Smart said starting right guard Ben Cleveland will be out an undetermined amount of time with a lower-body injury suffered in the third quarter.
“I’m not sure on Ben yet, completely,” Smart said.
Cleveland was on the turf and extended amount of time and needed to be helped off the field. Sophomore Justin Shaffer came on in relief of Cleveland.
Smart said starting receiver Tyler Simmons has an undisclosed injury and could be out “two to three weeks.” Starting freshman cornerback Tyson Campbell was able to return to the game after suffering a shoulder injury, but Smart said he then grew nauseated and was forced to leave the game again.
“Started throwing up and stuff and got dehydrated,” Smart said. “So we had to IV … he’s fine.”
Smart said linebacker Monty Rice didn’t play because of an MCL injury.
“Monty’s got an MCL that’s been bothering him since the last game,” Smart said. “He practiced during the week. He was limited. Didn’t think he could move around and play in space like he needed to so he wasn’t able to go. He wanted to go, tried to go.”
Thomas, originally injured the first play of the second half at South Carolina in the Bulldogs’ 41-17 win, didn’t return to practice until Tuesday. It was somewhat surprising to see Thomas make the start, considering how limited he had been in practice in the days leading up to the Missouri game.
Tailback D’Andre Swift, however, looked fine after being limited to just two series in the 49-7 win over Middle Tennessee last Saturday.
Swift had 16 carries for 71 yards and showed nothing that would indicate any limitations.