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Georgia coach Kirby Smart considers Tyson Campbell one of the Bulldogs' top defensive backs.

Georgia football coach Kirby Smart updates Lawrence Cager, Tyson Campbell injury status

ATHENS — Georgia football coach Kirby Smart indicated receiver Lawrence Cager will return to practice on Monday, but cornerback Tyson Campbell remains questionable.

“Cager, we’re expecting him to be able to practice today, he was able to run routes on Thursday,” Smart said at his Monday press conference. “As far as Tyson, he practiced last week, didn’t go as much Thursday as he did Wednesday, we had to back him down a bit.

“We’ll see where he’s at today (Monday).”

The No. 8-ranked Bulldogs (6-1, 3-1 SEC) play the No. 6-ranked Gators (7-1, 4-1) at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday at TIAA Bank Stadium in Jacksonville.

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Campbell has not played in a game since Georgia beat Arkansas State 55-0 on Sept. 14 at Sanford Stadium. Last week was the sophomore’s first week back at practice as he has been dealing with a painful turf toe ailment.

Smart said during the bye week that Campbell would need to be “100 percent” before he’s cleared to play again.

Junior college transfer DJ Daniel has being in place of Campbell opposite starting cornerback Eric Stokes. Freshman cornerback Tyrique Stevenson and senior Tyrique McGhee are also competing for repetitions at the position.

Cager, a 6-foot-5, 220-pound graduate transfer from Miami, was sidelined in the first half of the Bulldogs’ 20-17 overtime loss to South Carolina on Oct. 12. Cager has dealt with a separated shoulder and injured ribs.

Cager was Georgia’s leading receiver at the time of his injury and had made three third down conversion catches in the first half of the upset loss to the Gamecocks.

Smart said he expects freshman defensive lineman Travon Walker to be “full-go” in practice on Monday.

Walker had his wrist in a cast since after the Oct. 5 Tennessee game, and Smart said last week the freshman defensive lineman would likely be cleared this week.

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