Georgia coach Kirby Smart updates injuries: Ben Cleveland cleared for UMass start

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Georgia junior Ben Cleveland saw his first action against Auburn since suffering a broken left fibula at Missouri on Sept. 22

ATHENS — Georgia football coach Kirby Smart indicated redshirt sophomore right guard Ben Cleveland is healthy enough to start against UMass on Saturday.

The future is less certain for offensive guards Kendall Baker (knee) and Cade Mays (shoulder), however, and Smart ruled out defensive linemen David Marshall (foot) and DaQuan Hawkins-Muckle (unknown).

Cleveland’s return appears to be coming just in time for the No. 5-ranked Bulldogs.

“Ben played in the game the other night when Kendall came out, he feels better each and every day,” Smart said. “Not sure yet on Kendall, when he’ll be back. Same thing on Cade Mays, he’s going to be day to day.

“We may be looking at both of those guys having work to do to get back.”

Georgia (9-1) plays host to UMass (4-7) at 4 p.m. on Saturday at Sanford Stadium (TV: SEC Network, Radio: WSB 750 AM, 95.5 FM).

Baker left the game in the fourth quarter with an apparent knee injury after  replacing Cade Mays in the second quarter of the Bulldogs’ 27-10 win over Auburn last Saturday.

Mays had suffered a shoulder stinger the week before in the 34-17 win at Kentucky.

“Cade didn’t necessarily do anything wrong.” Smart said, “but we felt like Kendall was going to play better so we made a change there.”

Cleveland saw his first action against Auburn since suffering a broken left fibula in the 43-29 win at Missouri on Sept. 22

Smart said freshman outside linebacker Brenton Cox was held out of the Auburn game with an ankle sprain, but Smart said he could have gone if needed.

Georgia football injury report

OG Ben Cleveland (left fibula) probable

OLB Brenton Cox (ankle) probable

OL Cade Mays (shoulder) questionable

OL Kendall Baker (knee) questionable

DB Divaad Wilson (knee) questionable

WR Demetris Robertson (unknown) questionable

DE David Marshall (foot) out 

DT DaQuan Hawkins-Muckle (unknown) out

DB Ameer Speed (unknown) out

DE Justin Young (unknown) out

SS Jarvis Wilson (unknown) out

DB Tray Bishop (internal team issue), out 

RB Zamir White (knee), out for season


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