ATHENS ― Georgia starting right guard Solomon Kindley’s availability for the game Saturday at Tennessee is uncertain, with some clarity perhaps coming as soon as practice on Monday.
“We don’t know if he’ll be able to go or not,” coach Kirby Smart said Monday. “We’re going to find out a lot more today.”
Kindley left the game Saturday against Mississippi State with a sprained right ankle. But X-rays immediately at the stadium were negative, Smart said.
Senior Dyshon Sims replaced Kindley at right guard for the rest of the game and seems likely to start there if Kindley can’t go. Sims started two games last season.
“Certainly the guy’s [Sims] capable of playing guard, because we’ve been through this injury this year already once,” Smart said, alluding to Kindley.
After being the first-team right guard during the preseason, Kindley sprained his ankle late in August and ended up not playing on offense in the season opener against Appalachian State. (He was on the field-goal unit.) Then Kindley came off the bench in the win at Notre Dame in Week 2 before resuming his starting job the next two games.
Georgia’s interior line was much improved in the Mississippi State game, rendering Mississippi State defensive tackle Jeffery Simmons basically irrelevant. It was the best performance of the season for the offensive line and the offense in general, considering the opponent. Georgia quarterback Jake Fromm was not sacked, and the team had near-perfect balance: 203 rushing yards and 201 passing yards.
Kindley is a redshirt freshman from Jacksonville, Fla., who appeared in one game in 2016 before receiving a redshirt via an NCAA waiver. He spoke to the media last week, detailing how he once broke Smart’s inner tube at a team gathering, gave up sweets in order to get down to 330 pounds and worked to get a starting job.
Georgia plays at Tennessee on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. ET on CBS.