ATHENS — Coaches like to say every player is playing with some sort of injury at this point in the season, and Georgia’s practice reflected that on Monday.
The Bulldogs were working out in partial pads on Woodruff Practice Fields under cloudy skies and cool temperatures. In almost every position group, there was at least one player limping through the action — quarterback included.
Sophomore Jake Fromm was limping noticeably on his right leg, which included a black wrap that started mid-shin and ran up above his knee. Nevertheless, he was delivering passes on time and on target through pass-skeleton drills.
Center Lamont Gaillard was with his fellow offensive linemen, but was being spared of the contact portion. Instead, he worked on snaps. Gaillard suffered a knee sprain against Kentucky that kept him out of the lineup from the first possession to the end of the game. Coach Kirby Smart said at Monday’s news conference he expects the senior starter will be OK by the end of the week.
Freshman guard Cade Mays also worked on the side side and was not included in the hitting. He’s recovering from “a stinger” in one shoulder.
The good news for the Bulldogs is Ben Cleveland, the regular starter at right guard before breaking his leg versus Missouri, was firing off the line and appeared to be ready to be unleashed again.
Over in Tray Scott’s defensive line drills, there remains no sign of junior defensive end David Marshall (foot). Neither DaQuan Hawkins-Muckle nor Devonte Wyatt were spotted either, at least during the brief media viewing period. But junior tackle Michail Carter was working out for the first time in a few weeks.
Star wide receiver/kick returner Mecole Hardman was limping just a tad between repetitions, but otherwise showed no signs of being slowed down from an ankle injury as he participated in every drill.
The Bulldogs were expected to practice for two hours Monday in preparation for Saturday’s game against Auburn (7 p.m.; TV: ESPN; Radio: WSB 750-AM, 95.5-FM). No. 6 Georgia is coming off an extremely physical game against then No. 9 Kentucky in which the Bulldogs rushed for 331 yards and held Benny Snell to 73.