ATHENS — It looks as if Georgia will get back Trenton Thompson and David Marshall in a week that it will probably need a healthy defensive line.
Thompson and Marshall, who each have missed at least one game with injuries, appear likely to play Saturday against Florida, coach Kirby Smart indicated on Monday.
Thompson has missed two games with the right knee sprain he sustained in the win at Tennessee on Sept. 30. He has 17 tackles, including 3 for a loss, in five games, starting three.
Thompson missed the Vanderbilt and Missouri games but returned to practice last week in a limited capacity.
“Trenton was able to practice, do mostly everything. So we think he’ll be fine,” Smart said.
Marshall sat out the Missouri game on Oct. 14 with what an undisclosed injury. Marshall has played in six games this year, notching 7 tackles. Last year Marshall started four games, recording 2 1/2 sacks.
Marshall did not practice last week, but he has since been cleared to practice, Smart said Monday.
Georgia has the second-best run defense in the SEC, statistically, yielding just 82.1 rushing yards per game; Alabama’s defense is first. Florida has struggled overall on offense, but it can run the ball at times. The Gators rank seventh in the SEC in rushing yards and have accumulated at least 165 rushing yards in five straight games.
Another defensive lineman, junior DaQuan Hawkins-Muckle, missed the Missouri game with what was also an undisclosed injury. Hawkins-Muckle was not at the one open practice last Tuesday.
“DaQuan’s still battling to get back,” Smart said.