Georgia football injury update: Tyson Campbell ‘practiced for the first time’
ATHENS — Georgia coach Kirby Smart said cornerback Tyson Campbell “practiced for the first time” on Tuesday after being limited in his return to the practice field last week.
The No. 10-ranked Bulldogs (6-1, 3-1 SEC) have a bye this week before turning to action to play No. 7-ranked Florida (7-1, 4-1) in Florida at Jacksonville’s TIAA Bank Stadium.
“Hopefully we’re gonna get some guys back from injury and get them back working,” Smart said following practice on Tuesday.
Smart said receiver Lawrence Cager, who has been out since the second half of the South Carolina game on Oct. 12, remains “week to week.”
Cager had been playing through a separated shoulder when a rib injury sidelined him.
Defensive lineman Travon Walker, who has had his wrist in a cast since after the Tennessee game, will “be cleared probably by Monday” Smart said.
As for Campbell, who was playing the best football of his career when he left the second quarter of the Sept. 14 win over Arkansas State, Smart remains uncertain of his return.
“I don’t think there’s any way I can answer that … to put the odds on it, there’s just no way,” Smart said, asked about Campbell returning from the turf toe ailment. “I ask every day the medical staff, when is he going to be back, just like you guys do. I was very encouraged today. The time off has helped, but his repetitions have helped, he got back out there.
“He’s very mentally, he’s into the practice. He always has a sheet of paper, he’s always watching the script, but there’s nothing like the speed of the game, but that’s important. He’ll have to be going 100 percent by next week to be able to play.”
Junior college transfer DJ Daniel has stepped up to take Campbell’s place opposite starting cornerback Eric Stokes.
Freshman cornerback Tyrique Stevenson and senior Tyrique McGhee are also competing for repetitions at the position.
Smart indicated that even if Cager can’t play in the game in Florida against Florida, he might still board the plane for the neutral site contest.
“He’s been like Javon Wims, he’s been an impact player for sure, but he’s probably been more of an impact on that room,” Smart said. “We want him around is what I’m saying, even though we knew he wasn’t going to be playing against Kentucky, he was still in the room, impacting those guys.
“He’s just very mature, he’s played a lot of football in his career, and he’s a positive impact on other those guys in the room.”
Offensive guard Solomon Kindley was back working with the first team. Kindley has not started on the offensive line since injuring his ankle in the first half of the 23-17 win over Notre Dame on Sept. 21.
Offensive lineman Justin Shaffer remains out.
Georgia football injury report
CB Tyson Campbell (foot) questionable
DL Travon Walker (wrist) questionable
WR Lawrence Cager (shoulder) doubtful
WR Tommy Bush (groin) out
OL Justin Shaffer (neck) out
QB D’Wan Mathis (head) out