ATHENS — Georgia freshman receiver Riley Ridley, who broke a bone in his lower thumb 10 days ago, might be able to play at Ole Miss on Saturday.
Ridley is practicing with a cast on his right hand, catching passes and seeing what he can do. He injured the thumb in the Nicholls State game on Sept. 20.
He did not make the trip to Missouri on Saturday, but this week the staff is trying to see his comfort level catching passes and playing on special teams.
“He’s cleared to play, it’s just about dealing with the pain,” head coach Kirby Smart said. “We hope he’s ready to go.”
Ridlley’s cast is smaller this week, only covering his thumb and hand. At one point during passing drills on Tuesday, Ridley caught a pass on an out pattern. But he had to punt it back to the ballboy, an indication he’s still a ways from being able to play.
Ridley played against North Carolina in the opener but did not catch a pass. A four-star recruit who enrolled early, he was expected to be a part of the receiving rotation.