Georgia football injury alert: Kirby Smart updates Lawrence Cager status
ATHENS — Georgia coach Kirby Smart said senior receiver Lawrence Cager could have returned to the game if needed on Saturday night against Missouri.
Cager, who leads Georgia with 32 catches for 470 yards, had six catches for 93 yards in the first half of the 27-0 win over the Tigers before leaving with an aggravated shoulder injury.
Cager had been playing with a separated shoulder when he was knocked out of the South Carolina game on Oct. 12 with a rib injury. Cager missed the Kentucky game, but he returned last week to reel in 7 catches for 132 yards in the 24-17 win over Florida.
“I think Cager will be fine, he (aggravated) his shoulder again, but we think he’s going to be fine,” Smart said. “He probably could have came back if he had to.”
The No. 6-ranked Bulldogs (8-1, 5-1 SEC) play at No. 11-ranked Auburn (7-2, 4-2) at 3:30 p.m. next Saturday.
Georgia lineman Cade Mays showed up at postgame interviews and said he was fine after getting his right ankle rolled up on in the fourth quarter. Mays started at right guard but shifted to center when Trey Hill went out with a left ankle injury.
Right tackle Isaiah Wilson also left the game briefly with an undisclosed injury before coming back into the action.
Smart indicated he believes the offensive line is “fine,” saying “We’ve got Trey with an ankle, Cade was fine, he could have came back in it, (Isaiah) came back in.”
Georgia cornerback Tyson Campbell saw his first action since the Arkansas State game on Sept. 14. Campbell, a talented sophomore, had been dealing with a painful turf toe ailment.
Smart said outside linebacker Walter Grant didn’t dress for the game because of an undisclosed injury. He described Grant as “day to day.”
Defensive back Tyrique McGhee remains out with a foot injury, but the improved play of Tyrique Stevenson helps soften the blow.
Stevenson, a freshman, had his best game of the year with two tackles and two pass break-ups.