ATHENS — Before he was, infamously, the final Georgia player to touch the ball last Saturday, Isaiah McKenzie had a minor injury to his left arm. He may still be feeling the effects of it.
The junior receiver is in a black non-contact jersey this week, though he was running routes and participating in all activities during the media viewing period of Wednesday’s practice. McKenzie did not have any obvious wrap, cast or anything else to indicate another injury.
He’s not the only player dealing with something during the bye week.
Cornerback Deandre Baker, who missed the Vanderbilt game with a sprained ankle, was working on the side Wednesday with head athletic trainer Ron Courson. Baker was in uniform and a helmet, while Juwuan Briscoe – who started in Baker’s place against Vanderbilt – appeared to be going with the first team.
(Although it was hard to tell for sure, as the media viewing period only lasted one period, rather than the usual two.)
Freshman receiver Tyler Simmons, who has only played in one game this season, was also in a black non-contact jersey, but like McKenzie he was participating in practice. It’s not clear what injury Simmons may have.
Sophomore inside linebacker Rashad Roundtree, a second-teamer, is also in a black jersey this week. It’s also uncertain what injury he is dealing with, but head coach Kirby Smart said Tuesday there were “depth issues” at inside linebacker, part of the reason Tae Crowder was moved there from tailback.
Two other players who made position switches remained at their new spots on Wednesday: Michael Barnett at offensive tackle and Shakenneth Williams at defensive back.
Finally, another offensive line note: Graduate assistant D.J. Looney was singing “White Christmas.”