Georgia practice update: A new name missing, while one returns

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Natrez Patrick started the final two games last year.

ATHENS – One Georgia inside linebacker is back at practice. Another may be out. And the star freshman quarterback’s arm is still safely attached.

Those are the headlines from Georgia’s 10th preseason practice, or at least the media viewing period. Here’s a bit more detail:

  • Natrez Patrick, who had been limited or sitting out the past few practices with some sort of lower body injury, was back practicing. Patrick entered the preseason as one of the projected starters at inside linebacker.
  • Tim Kimbrough, who started most of last season at inside linebacker, was not seen during the media viewing period. There was no immediate word on whether he was out because of injury. (The requisite caution: Occasionally players re-join practice after the media viewing period.)
  • Jacob Eason, who had his right throwing shoulder briefly examined by trainers during Tuesday’s practice, appeared fine and without limits on Wednesday.
  • Isaiah McKenzie, the junior receiver and return specialist, was in a black jersey, signifying some sort of injury. But he was participating during early drills and didn’t have an obvious injury.
  • Junior nose tackle John Atkins continued to be out with a hyper-extended knee.
  • All tailbacks were presented and accounted for, including Nick Chubb (going first, as he has all preseason) and Sony Michel (carrying the ball with a gaudy cast on his left arm).
  • Tyler Catalina, the graduate transfer from Rhode Island, was again working with the third string at left tackle.
  • Offensive line coach Sam Pittman was unhappy with something he saw at one point, yelling several times: “That’s the softest (stuff) I’ve ever seen.” (He did not say “stuff.”)
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