ATHENS — Georgia football coach Kirby Smart ran down a laundry list of injuries on the eve of the opening practice Sunday.
Smart indicated linebacker Monty Rice, receiver Dominick Blaylock, quarterback JT Daniels have progressed from injuries, but they won’t necessarily be full-go when practice starts on Monday.
“Monty has been out a bit with a little foot injury, but he’s taken a lot of reps and played a bunch,” Smart said on a Sunday Zoom call.
“Dom Blaylock, he is not completely clear to practice or play, he is going to have a black shirt on,” Smart said. “H’s coming off his ACL that occurred in the SEC championship Game …. he has worked really hard, he has been able to do some straight line running and workout stuff.”
Daniels, Smart said, will remain wearing a brace to protect the knee he injured in last season’s USC opening game.
“He’s been able to take some reps, he’s been able to throw the ball and do some things,” Smart said, “but he’s not completely cleared from the knee yet, he’ll still be in a brace for that.”
Other players who have missed parts of the summer walk-throughs, including quarterback Jamie Newman, cornerback DJ Daniel and offensive lineman Broderick Jones will be ready to go.
“Jamie Newman had a mid-foot sprain and was out for a little bit of our summer access period,” Smart said. “He missed probably half of that, not able to work out and do some things, but he was mentally there.
“He’s back and been able to do everything.”
DJ Daniel had an ankle injury, Smart said.
“He’s almost back, but the small summer access window we had where we were able to have a little more time than we normally do, he wasn’t able to do much during that time,” Smart said.
“So I wouldn’t say he’s behind. He’s a kid that played a lot of snaps last year, but he’ll be back with us kind full time starting tomorrow.”
Smart said freshman tight end Darnell Washington has recovered from arthroscopic knee surgery and is cleared “to do everything.”
Some of the younger players, including incoming defensive back Kelee Ringo, redshirt freshman linebacker Rian Davis and freshman receiver Arian Smith, will remain sidelined indefinitely while recovering.
“Rian Davis had a small torn meniscus and he should be back soon, but he’s not able to practice right now,” Smart said. “Keelee Ringo had an old injury in high school we were trying to see if he could go with —he had a shoulder repair and will be out a while.
“Arian Smith had a meniscus repaired and he should be back at some time during the season.”
WR Dominick Blaylock (knee)
QB JT Daniels (knee)
LB Monty Rice (foot)
WR Arian Smith (knee)
DB Kelee Ringo (shoulder)