ATHENS — After a fairly healthy season, the injuries are starting to pile up for the Georgia football team.
Junior guard Isaiah Wynn suffered a knee injury during Saturday’s win over Auburn. The severity of it is unknown, according to head coach Kirby Smart.
Wynn could be seen limping on Georgia’s sideline during the second half, a wrap around his knee, and a towel around his head. Wynn, perhaps Georgia’s best offensive lineman, has started every game at left guard, and shifted to left tackle on Saturday when Tyler Catalina suffered a shin bruise. But Catalina returned after missing a couple drives.
Sophomore inside linebacker Natrez Patrick also didn’t play after hurting his shoulder last week at Kentucky. Patrick, the team’s second-leading tackler this season, had been at practice this week in a non-contact jersey, but ended up being held out against Auburn.
“He’s been injured. That was a tough loss for the physicality of that game,” Smart said. “Reggie Carter and Roquan Smith stepped up and played. Even Johnny O’Neal stepped in there and got some action.”
Punter Marshall Long is out for the season after dislocating his kneecap in what Smart called a “freak deal” at practice this past week. It’s the first season-ending injury for the Bulldogs this year. Long, who was on Georgia’s sideline in crutches on Saturday, will have surgery.
“Obviously thoughts and prayers to him and his family,” Smart said. “It’s a tough injury. Sometimes it happens in football. I hated it at this time because he was really coming into his own, and I hate that situation.”