ATLANTA — Sony Michel is dressed out. That’s no surprise. He’s wearing a black wrap on his left arm and taking kickoffs. That’s wasn’t a big surprise, either.
But it became apparent when the game started that he was not playing. Brendan Douglas, not Michel, was the first tailback off the bench, after Nick Chubb.
Michel broke his left forearm during an ATV accident in early July. Two bones were broken, one of them an open fracture. The recovery time was 8-10 weeks, right around the season opener.
As of early this week, Michel had yet to be officially cleared to be hit during practice. But he had been practicing for weeks, gradually doing more, from taking passes to participating in 7-on-7 drills.
As of a half-hour before kickoff, however, it was still unannounced whether Michel was cleared to play for Georgia against North Carolina. Being dressed out was no indicator; there is no limit for the travel roster in this non-conference game.