ATHENS — Two players on Georgia’s injury list are basically ruled out for Saturday’s game against Alabama, while two more remain uncertain.
Fullback Christian Payne (fibula) looks like he won’t play, and ILB Reggie Carter (shoulder) is also “not likely” to play, head coach Mark Richt said on his radio show Monday night.
Payne re-injured his fibula two games ago against South Carolina and missed last Saturday’s game against Southern. Carter has battled a shoulder problem all season and did not play against Southern either. Payne has been the starting fullback while healthy. Carter was a candidate to start before the season, but the injury has complicated things.
Two other players who have started this season are “day-to-day,” as Richt put it: Cornerback Rico McGraw, who had arthroscopic knee surgery before the South Carolina game, and outside linebacker Davin Bellamy, who missed the Southern game with a concussion. McGraw started the opener, Bellamy started against South Carolina.
Richt said he couldn’t think of any other players who suffered an injury against Southern.