ATHENS — Two potential Georgia starters who missed the season opener have returned to practice.
Inside linebacker Reggie Carter, a junior, was practicing in a regular jersey. Carter missed Saturday’s game against Louisiana-Monroe with a sore shoulder, but afterwards coach Mark Richt predicted that Carter would be able to return for this week’s Vanderbilt trip.
Fullback Christian Payne was also practicing in a regular jersey, though his left leg had a heavy wrap on it. Payne cracked his fibula early in the preseason. Senior Quayvon Hicks, who started against ULM, was back with the second team on Tuesday, with Payne running with the starters.
One player was not back: Tailback A.J. Turman, who missed Saturday’s game with what Richt said he believed to be an ankle injury.
On a non-injury note, junior Leonard Floyd was with the inside linebackers during positional drills for the second straight week. Last week was the first time Floyd was with the ILBs during the media viewing period, and he ended up playing that position throughout last Saturday’s game.
There was also a No. 86 with the receivers on Tuesday, but it was not Justin Scott-Wesley – or even Kenneth Towns, who wore No. 86 last week to honor the injured Scott-Wesley. It was freshman Shaquery Wilson, who might have been in a scout-team jersey to simulate Vanderbilt receiver Latevius Rayford.
Vanderbilt tailback Ralph Webb was being simulated by Georgia freshman tailback Tae Crowder, donning Webb’s No. 7 jersey.