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Georgia senior WR Lawrence Cager has been playing through a separated shoulder this season.

Georgia football coach Kirby Smart shares injury updates on Lawrence Cager, offensive linemen

ATHENS — Georgia coach Kirby Smart said receiver Lawrence Cager is cleared to practice, and he’s optimistic offensive linemen Cade Mays and Ben Cleveland will play on Saturday.

The No. 4-ranked Bulldogs (9-1, 6-1) play host to Texas A&M (7-2, 4-2) at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday at Sanford Stadium (TV: CBS).

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“Cager will be cleared to practice, it will just be a matter of if he can sustain,” Smart said. “Cade is banged up — don’t think he’s going to be able to practice today, but we think he’s going to be able to play and he’s going to be able to hopefully practice Tuesday.

“Ben (Cleveland) is still fighting the injury bug, too, on lower extremity. We’re hopeful he’s able to go.”

Cager left the 21-14 win over Auburn in the first quarter after making just one catch for 6 yards.

“He took a shot, and it bothered him,” Smart said last Saturday, referencing a blow to Cager’s separated shoulder. “He took a shot on the (fourth) play of the game I think, maybe, and it started bothering him.”

Cager has been playing through the shoulder since at least the Oct. 12 game against South Carolina. Cager was forced out in the first half of the game against the Gamecocks when he also sustained a rib injury.

Cager stormed back with a 7-catch, 132-yard performance as the Bulldogs beat Florida, 24-17, in the Jacksonville showdown. He played the first half of the Missouri game before exiting.

Georgia began the game with its offensive line intact, but Mays and Cleveland both would end up sidelined on account of injuries.

Smart said Cleveland missed two practices last week on account of a toe ailment.

Mays, Smart said Saturday, “is a little beat up, (and) we knew that going into the game, he’s got some soreness, and he’s fighting through it.”

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