ATHENS — Georgia football sophomore offensive lineman Jamaree Salyer was back on the practice field for the first time in nearly two weeks after not traveling to the Vanderbilt game.
Salyer, who has dealt with a lower leg injury since at least Aug. 20, was working back at right tackle behind redshirt sophomore starter Isaiah Wilson.
Coach Kirby Smart had a noticeably edgy verbal preference on the microphone, his voice booming out sharply over the practice field as he singled out players for encouragement.
Defensive linemen Julian Rochester and Malik Herring, both of whom were dressed out for the 30-6 win over Vanderbilt but did not play, were both going through drills.
Middle linebacker Nakobe Dean, who Smart said earlier Monday is still dealing with after-effects of a sprained ankle, was working in his position drills during the media viewing portion of practice.
“We thought he was close to being able to go in the game and it’s still bothering Nakobe,” Smart said. “He’s not 100 percent yet. It was tough for him not to go out there but he didn’t feel like he could go a hundred percent so we held him out after that.”
Receiver Kearis Jackson was not present at practice and is expected to be out 3 to 4 weeks, according to Smart. Jackson suffered multiple breaks in his hand/wrist area after a fourth quarter catch against the Commodores.
“He’s got a couple of different breaks, (and) he’s going to be out a little while,” Smart said. “Should be back in the club (hand taped) shortly, but we don’t know how long he is going to be out. It could be three to four weeks.
“It will be week to week once we get him back, so he’s going to get it repaired. It was a tough hit he took right on the hand, and we will get him back as soon as we can.”
Smart said the Bulldogs planned to go best-on-best in drill and scrimmage work on Monday and into the week.
“It’s not about who we play, it’s about what we do,” Smart said. “We always say, ‘to get better, we have to go against the best.’ We like competing against ourselves. That’s what this program is built on is competition.”
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