ATHENS — While Georgia’s receiving corps took another hit this week, and the inside linebackers are starting to run lower on bodies too, one of the team’s top playmakers is back at practice.
Isaiah McKenzie, the kick return specialist and potential starting receiver, returned after missing about 10 days with a hamstring injury. He was in a regular jersey, meaning he was likely cleared to practice without limitations.
But Justin Scott-Wesley, who injured his knee in Monday’s practice, was not present. The senior receiver received an MRI on Monday night, per a source, but the results have not been publicly revealed yet.
Quayvon Hicks, the senior fullback, was also missing, after not being present on Monday. Hicks’ injury is unknown. Sophomore Christian Payne, who had been getting first-team reps at fullback, cracked his fibula last Friday and is expected to miss the start of the season.
There was a new missing name on Tuesday: Reggie Carter, a candidate to start at inside linebacker. His reason for missing practice wasn’t immediately known. That thinned out the inside linebacker group even more, as junior Tim Kimbrough, who had been getting first-team reps, is still recovering from arthroscopic knee surgery. (He’s expected to return for the start of the season.)
Freshman defensive lineman Jonathan Ledbetter also remains out, as he has been for a week. His injury status has not been revealed by UGA.
And senior defensive back Kennar Daniels-Johnson continues to be absent, and has not been seen on campus for over a week. The team has declined to answer questions about his status with the team.
Meanwhile, the requisite quarterback update: Greyson Lambert was getting his turn as the first-teamer, followed by Faton Bauta and Brice Ramsey. At least that was the pecking order during the media viewing period.
Throwing with wet footballs, Lambert and Ramsey had some good spirals, but Bauta struggled. It was a small sample size, and weather-induced, but it was what the media was allowed to see, so there you go.