Georgia football injury report: More freshmen likely to play at LSU
ATHENS — Georgia football coach Kirby Smart said he will learn more on Monday about the right knee injury suffered by Solomon Kindley after the starting left guard was carted off the field Saturday night.
The No. 2-ranked Bulldogs (6-0 4-0 SEC) figure to be on their fourth different starting offensive line combination when they travel to play at No. 13 LSU (5-1, 2-1) at 3:30 p.m. next Saturday.
Further, there could be three freshmen starting on the offensive line if Kindley misses the trip to Louisiana.
Georgia right guard Ben Cleveland, who started the first four games, remains sidelined indefinitely by the broken bone he suffered in his leg in the 43-29 win at Missouri on Sept. 22. Freshman Cade Mays has replaced Cleveland.
Smart said that sophomore nose tackle Devonte Wyatt, who missed Saturday night’s 41-13 win over Vanderbilt after suffering a leg injury in practice last week, could be back for the LSU trip.
“We hope to get him back this week,” Smart said. “We’ll find out more on Monday.”
Smart said freshman nosetackle Jordan Davis was pressed into action on account of Wyatt’s practice injury.
“(Davis) continues to practice hard, he spends about 50 percent of his time on scout team and plays in regular situations, he doesn’t play in nickel and spread situations,” Smart said. “He’s a kid that if he continues to lose weight and work hard, we think he could be a good football player.
“With Devonte Wyatt out, he was forced to see more action.”
Georgia receiver Tyler Simmons played at the start of the game with the Commodores despite wearing a brace that immobilized his shoulder. Simmons was called for holding on the Bulldogs’ first punt return.
Georgia center Lamont Gaillard left the game at the same point Kindley was injured, at the 3:58 mark of the fist quarter, and went into the locker room presumably for X-rays. Gaillard had ice on his hand before returning to the game in the second quarter.
Freshman Trey Hill took over at center with Gaillard out before moving to left guard when Gaillard re-entered.
“(Hill is) powerful, athletic, and he snaps ball high right now,” Smart said. “We got to snap the ball lower, and he’s got to be efficient, because if Lamont’s not in there, he’s our center, the pressure is on, time to grow up.
“He snaps it good in practice every day, he’s got to do it in the game, or we’ve got to get a taller quarterback.”
Sophomore tailback D’Andre Swift, who has been receiving treatment for a groin injury, enjoyed his most productive game of the season with 99 total yards including a 35-yard touchdown reception.
Senior receiver Terry Godwin, slowed in fall camp by a knee injury and calf strain, hauled in a 75-yard TD pass that ranks as the Bulldogs’ longest play of the season.
Georgia football availability report
(tentative LSU trip)
CB Tyson Campbell (shoulder) probable
LB Monty Rice (knee) probable
WR Tyler Simmons (shoulder) questionable
DB Divaad Wilson (knee) questionable
DL Devonte Wyatt (lower body) questionable
OG Solomon Kindley (knee) doubttful
OG Ben Cleveland (leg) out
DB Tray Bishop (internal team issue), out
RB Zamir White (knee), out for season