ATHENS — Georgia entered the Florida game at full health, with every starter and basically every top backup available. It might not enter the Kentucky game that way.
“We are probably right now the most beat up we’ve been all year,” head coach Kirby Smart said Monday.
Still, the news on four players who were injured against Florida could be much worse.
Starting safety Dominick Sanders sprained his MCL in the Florida game, but appears on track to play this week, according to Smart.
“Should be okay. Needed a little relief last week,” Smart said. “We expect him to be fine.”
Freshman receiver Riley Ridley sprained his ankle trying to catch an underthrown deep pass in the first half. He will miss Monday’s practice because of a death in the family, but not because of injury.
“We think he’s (going) to be fine,” Smart said.
Sophomore defensive tackle DaQuan Hawkins-Muckle sprained his ankle late in the game and left in immense pain. But while Hawkins-Muckle will be held out of Monday’s practice, he’s “day-to-day,” according to Smart, and thus not ruled out for the trip to Kentucky.
Starting inside linebacker Natrez Patrick also left the game with a sprained ankle, but returned. He should also be fine for this week.