ATHENS — Georgia senior linebacker Reggie Carter has not practiced yet this week, and his status for this Saturday’s game at Vanderbilt remains unclear.
Carter is the team’s top reserve at the position and gets a lot of snaps. He suffered an undisclosed injury in Saturday’s win at Tennessee.
Head coach Kirby Smart said they “still don’t know” about Carter’s status, and said he remains “day-to-day.”
Carter has eight tackles this season. While starters Roquan Smith and Natrez Patrick are entrenched as starters, Carter has rotated in and offers a veteran presence off the bench. He started about half the team’s games last year.
If he doesn’t play it would likely mean more snaps for junior Juwan Taylor or freshman Monty Rice.
Meanwhile, freshman guard Netori Johnson is expected back soon after missing a couple practices. Johnson, who has yet to play this season and appears headed for a redshirt, is “a little dinged up,” according to Smart, but could return as soon as Wednesday’s practice.
Johnson was a highly-regarded prospect in this year’s class, a four-star prospect and the nation’s sixth-best guard recruit, per 247Sports. But so far only two members of the offensive line class has seen the field: Starting right tackle Andrew Thomas and second-team guard Justin Shaffer.
Finally, reserve safety Rashad Roundtree remains out, and his status going forward is unclear.
“Rashad is still dealing with some injuries and different things. He’s not been out there for awhile,” Smart said. “Still hoping to get him back but may not be able to. We’ll wait and see on him.”
Roundtree, a junior, came to Georgia as a four-star prospect in 2016 – rated as a five-star by Rivals – but has yet to start a game. He had 12 tackles, mainly on special teams, over his first two seasons. He does have a redshirt year available.