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Georgia cornerback Eric Stokes is expected back at practice.

Georgia football coach Kirby Smart: Key players cleared to return

ATHENS — Georgia coach Kirby Smart said cornerback Eric Stokes is expected to return to practice on Monday after being knocked out of the Texas A&M game.

“Stokes got dinged in the game on the offensive pass interference play,” Smart said on Monday. “We think he’s going to be fine to go today.”

The No. 4-ranked Bulldogs (10-1) play Georgia Tech (3-8) at Bobby Dodd Stadium in Atlanta at noon on Saturday (TV: ABC).

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Stokes left the game with the 19-13 win over the Aggies in the second quarter and didn’t return.

Sophomore Tyson Campbell, who rejoined the cornerback rotation on Nov. 9 against Missouri with turf toe, assumed Stokes’ spot opposite DJ Daniel.

Smart didn’t indicate any change in the status of receiver Lawrence Cager, who practiced last week but he didn’t play against Texas A&M.

Cager was dressed in uniform for the game, but he didn’t feel up to playing during warmups.

Freshman George Pickens led the Bulldogs with 2 catches for 57 yards and a TD with Cager sidelined.

Offensive lineman Cade Mays (shoulder) was listed as a special teams participant against Texas A&M, but he didn’t take any snaps on the offensive line.

Mays left the Auburn game with injury and was limited in practice last week.

“Cade was cleared to go, was able to go if we needed him to,” Smart said. “We were able to get through the game without having to use him (on the offensive line).”

Smart said senior defensive back Tyrique McGhee was cleared to practice last week leading up to his contributions in the 19-13 win over Texas A&M.

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