ATHENS – Georgia began preseason camp very healthy, but it’s five days in, so the injury bug has arrived.
The most notable thus far is receiver-kick return Isaiah McKenzie, who suffered a hamstring injury. It’s in a different leg than the hamstring he pulled in the spring game, coach Mark Richt said, and isn’t considered severe.
Richt couldn’t put a timetable on McKenzie’s return,. A hamstring injury is unpredictable, but usually knocks a player out around 7-10 days.
“I’m not alarmed, like Oh my goodness this guy won’t be able to make it. I expect him to heal up and be ready to go,” Richt said. “Sometimes guys with hamstrings end up being a little fresher than the rest of the nation. not that you want that to happen. So I’m gonna look at the bright side with that one.
“I’m not concerned right now. I think he’ll look well and be fine.”
McKenzie is one of the most dynamic players on Georgia’s offense and special teams, returning two punts and one kickoff for touchdowns last year. He’s been working with the first team this preseason opposite of top receiver Malcolm Mitchell.
Defensive end James DeLoach was also sitting out practice, but his injury was obvious: The senior had his left hand wrapped in a club. DeLoach was riding an exercise bike during the media viewing period.
Deloach is expected to return to practice soon, according to Richt.