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Reggie Carter (45) has eight tackles this year, including this one at Notre Dame.

Georgia practice report: Two would-be defensive starters still out

ATHENS — The chances appear to be decreasing that Trenton Thompson and Reggie Carter will be able to play for Georgia on Saturday.

Neither Thompson nor Carter was seen during the media viewing period of Tuesday’s practice. Both missed last Saturday’s games with injuries and would likely start if fully healthy.

Thompson, a defensive tackle, sprained the MCL in his knee in the win at Tennessee on Sept. 30. Head coach Kirby Smart said Monday there was a chance of getting Thompson back for Saturday’s game against Missouri.

Carter, an inside linebacker, suffered an undisclosed injury in the Tennessee game. Smart said Monday he hoped to get Carter back at practice in the next few days. With first-team inside linebacker Natrez Patrick suspended Carter would be the likely starter if he was cleared. Junior Juwan Taylor started in their place at Vanderbilt, with freshman Monty Rice seeing action off the bench.

A few other notes and observations from the viewing period:

  • Receiver Mecole Hardman, who’s been having trouble catching the ball in games, had a couple good ones on Tuesday. When quarterback Jacob Eason, during a passing drill, threw the ball a bit high, Hardman went up to bring the ball into his chest. And during a lob drill matching receivers and defensive backs, Hardman went up to grab the ball over cornerback Ameer Speed, who is a couple inches taller than Hardman. (This was after Speed was able to tip the ball away from Hardman on the previous rep.)
  • Senior outside linebacker Davin Bellamy still has his left hand in a gaudy club of tape. Bellamy played with it that way at Vanderbilt.
  • The Bulldogs were inside for a second straight day. While the rain held off on Saturday afternoon, the humidity was still high, making it feel hotter than the listed temperature in the 80s.