ATHENS — Georgia coach Kirby Smart indicated defensive tackle Jordan Davis is expected to return to practice this week and be cleared to play.
“We think Jordan will be fine, he won’t be out there early on,” Smart said Monday, indicating Davis has some rehabilitation work left to do. “But we think he’ll be fine to go, we expect him to play.”
Davis injured his left ankle on the second play of the 43-14 win at Tennessee on Saturday night.
The No. 3-ranked Bulldogs (5-0) play host to South Carolina (2-3) at noon on Saturday at Sanford Stadium.
Davis’ exit led to senior Julian Rochester making his season debut after undergoing offseason ACL surgery.
“Awesome, proud of him, we needed him,” Smart said of Rochester’s performance. “We didn’t have Jordan so we needed him.”
Smart said the defensive front seven performed well against the Vols, even without Davis on the field.
“I didn’t see a huge difference when (Davis) wasn’t out there,” Smart said. “The things he impacts are in the run game, and we were able to control the run game pretty well.”
Smart said cornerback Tyson Campbell, who suffered a foot injury in the first half of the 55-0 win over Arkansas State on Sept. 14, will try to practice on MOnday.
“Tyson will be trying to go today,” Smart said. “We’re hoping to get him back, but we don’t know.”
Campbell tried to practice last week, but he wasn’t ready to go.
Junior college transfer DJ Daniel has started the past two games at cornerback in place of Campbell.
Smart was more sure Solomon Kindley will return this week, saying the left guard could have played against Tennessee if needed.
“Solomon should be good, he’s cleared to go today,” Smart said.
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