Georgia football injury update during bye week: Kirby Smart provides rest
ATHENS — Georgia football is in relatively good health a third of the way through the regular season, and Kirby Smart is taking advantage of a bye week to keep it that way.
The No. 3-ranked Bulldogs (4-0) will begin work on their next opponent, Tennessee (1-3), on Thursday afternoon. UGA plays the Vols at 7 p.m. on Oct. 5.
Georgia has been working without top cornerbacks Tyson Campbell and Eric Stokes this week, thought Smart said on Tuesday night that Stokes would be fine and Campbell was back running.
Stokes appeared to suffer a mild knee sprain early in the first quarter of the 23-17 win over Notre Dame, though he returned late in the fourth quarter to help secure the historic victory.
Campbell was a lineup scratch after suffering a right foot injury the week before in the first half of the 55-0 win over Arkansas State.
Junior college transfer DJ Daniel and senior safety Tyrique McGhee filled in on the corners agains the Irish.
The Bulldogs also have two significant injuries on the line of scrimmage, on offense and defense.
Offensive guard Solomon Kindley injured his left ankle in the second quarter of the Notre Dame game and did not practice on Tuesday or Wednesday. Junior Justin Shaffer filled in for him in the game and continues to work first team at left guard.
Smart indicated UGA optimistic it will get Kindley back soon, but he he didn’t put a timetable on it.
Defensive end David Marshall was also held out of practice on Tuesday and Wednesday after playing limited snaps against Notre Dame. Smart said Marshall continues to be plagued by foot issues after suffering a Lisfranc injury last season.
Defensive tackle Julian Rochester continued to practice with the first and second rotation, still working his way back from offseason ACL surgery. Smart has said Rochester is medically cleared, but has to work his way into playing shape.
Receivers Tyler Simmons (shoulder) and Demetris Robertson (hamstring) both played against Notre Dame at less than 100 percent. Simmons wore a shoulder brace, while Robertson battled through a sore hamstring.
Receiver Kearis Jackson had the hand he broke on Aug. 31 still wrapped in a club this week, but he’s expected back soon. Smart estimated he’d be out “3 to 4 weeks” at the time of the injury.
Receiver Tommy Bush has yet to return from a groin injury for practice, and quarterback D’Wan Mathis (head) is practicing but not cleared for contact.
Georgia injury report bye week 1
WR Tyler Simmons (shoulder) probable
WR Demetris Roberston (hamstring) probable
CB Eric Stokes (knee) probable
WR Kearis Jackson (hand) questionable
CB Tyson Campbell (foot) questionable
DT Julian Rochester (knee) questionable
OG Solomon Kindley (ankle) questionable
DE David Marshall (foot) questionable
QB D’Wan Mathis (head) doubtful
• WR Tommy Bush (groin) doubtful