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Georgia defensive tackle Jalen Carter was limited at South Carolina, but Nolan Smith found time to pay him a visit on the sideline. (Jeff Sentell/ DawgNation)

Jalen Carter, Georgia’s most dominant defender, dealing with ankle injury

ATHENS — Jalen Carter, Georgia’s most dominant defensive player has not been 100 percent since the opening game.

Coach Kirby Smart revealed on Tuesday that Carter, a defensive tackle who did not start in the 48-7 win over South Carolina last Saturday, has been hobbled.

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“Jalen has been dealing with a lingering ankle issue, he really had it since the Oregon game and he’s trying to get well,” Smart said of the projected Top 10 NFL draft pick.

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“We’re trying to get him healthy. Hopefully, he’ll be full-go. He was close last week but didn’t end up having to play a lot of snaps.”

Carter’s ankle injury could explain why Georgia has just one sack this season through three games -- freshman Mykel Williams -- after having one of the most elite defensive fronts last season.

Carter played only 11 snaps against the Gamecocks, per PFF.

Smart said receiver Adonai Mitchell, who missed the South Carolina game with an ankle injured suffered on the first series of the 33-0 win over Samford, is also working to play this week in the noon game against Kent State.

“We’re hoping to get him back this week,” Smart said. “Again, it’s one of those deals where last week we were hopeful to get him back.”

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Smart said cornerback Nyland Green, who also missed the South Carolina game, continues to deal with a lingering hamstring issue.

Smart also announced on Monday that sixth-year senior William Poole, who played cornerback against Oregon, is no longer with the program.

Tight end Arik Gilbert, who didn’t travel with the team to South Carolina, is “day-to-day.”

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Georgia football preliminary injury report:

DT Jalen Carter (ankle), probable

WR Adonai Mitchell (ankle) probable

RB Kendall Milton (hamstring), probable

FS Christopher Smith (shoulder), probable

SS Tykee Smith (knee), probable

OL Earnest Greene (hamstring), questionable

CB Nyland Green (hamstring), questionable

WR C.J. Smith (knee), doubtful

LB C.J. Washington (neck), doubtful

WR Arian Smith (knee), out

RB Andrew Paul (knee), out

DB William Poole (personal), out

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