ATHENS — Georgia football returned to the practice field on Monday with three of the five starters who didn’t finish Saturday’s game back in action.
Sophomore left tackle Andrew Thomas [ankle], freshman cornerback Tyson Campbell [shoulder] and sophomore inside linebacker Monty Rice [knee] were all taking reps in preparation for the Tennessee game on Saturday.
Receiver Tyler Simmons [shoulder] and right guard Ben Cleveland [leg] were not present during the opening segments the media was allowed to view on Monday.
Kirby Smart, coach of the No. 2-ranked Bulldogs, said there would be competition for the right guard position with Cleveland expected to miss at least four weeks with a broken left fibula.
Sophomore Justin Shaffer came on in relief of Cleveland in the third quarter of the 43-29 win at Missouri last Saturday, but Smart said senior Kendall Baker and freshman Cade Mays would see practice reps there.
Mays, who started in place of Andrew Thomas against Middle Tennessee on Sept. 15, was working at right guard during the viewing period on Monday.
Georgia has a deep receiver rotation and thus plenty of options to account for Simmons’ absence.
Junior transfer Demetris Robertson might ultimately benefit most, as Robertson appeared to have moved up in the receiver rotation during the media viewing period.
Robertson has yet to catch a pass this season and has touched the ball only twice, scoring on a 72-yard jet sweep in the 45-0 season-opening win against FCS Austin Peay, and carrying for 23 yards against Middle Tennessee.
Smart mentioned several other receivers in his press conference when asked about Simmons, who exited the Missouri game in the first quarter.
“Trey Blount, Jeremiah Holloman, Jayson Stanley, Demetris Robertson — all the guys that are playing,” Smart said. “We’re playing a lot of guys at wide out … could be one of any of those nine, 10, Matt Landers.”
Tight end Jackson Harris, who suffered a foot injury in the second scrimmage, returned to practice on Monday.
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