Practice observations: Defensive player missing

Tim Kimbrough (42) pressures Louisiana-Monroe's quarterback into an intentional-grounding penalty last season.

ATHENS — Tim Kimbrough, a senior inside linebacker, wasn’t seen during the media viewing period of Thursday’s Georgia spring practice.

That observation comes with the usual caveat that Kimbrough could have returned after the media left, or that he was out there and the media just missed seeing him. There hasn’t been any word of an injury for Kimbrough.

Kimbrough has been working with the second teamers at inside linebacker. He was the starter for most of last season, then was suspended for the TaxSlayer Bowl for undisclosed reasons. But he returned to the team in good standing, head coach Kirby Smart said at the outset of spring practice.

Some other observations:

  • Sophomore cornerback Juwuan Briscoe was in a black non-contact jersey, but was participating in drills and did not appear to have any obvious injury.
  • Senior tailback Brendan Douglas was in a regular jersey for the first time this spring. Douglas, who had wrist surgery before the bowl, was in a black jersey for the first 10 practices.
  • Sophomore Natrez Patrick, who has been working at first team inside linebacker, came over to work with the outside linebackers and defensive ends during one drill. That’s somewhat interesting, though not all that unusual with the way players are being mixed in with other position groups during certain drills.

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