ATHENS — Jordan Jenkins looks to officially be a go for Georgia on Saturday, and another injured player appears on the way back.
Jenkins was approved for media interviews after Wednesday’s practice, as was fullback Christian Payne. That’s a pretty good indicator that both will be available to play, as injured players – or even ones in non-contact jerseys – are typically not cleared for interviews during the week.
Jenkins and Payne were in regular white jerseys at Wednesday’s practice, going through reps as normal. Payne was acting as the second-team fullback during the media viewing period.
Payne has missed the past four games with a fibula injury, which also caused him to miss the first game of the season. Payne was running first-team while healthy, and has been the best blocking fullback.
Jenkins missed the Missouri game with a groin strain, and while there’s always been optimism that he will play against Florida, coach Mark Richt said Tuesday, “Jordan, I wouldn’t say it’s a slam dunk right now.”
Receiver-kick returner Isaiah McKenzie (hamstring) is also expected to return, as are defensive linemen John Atkins and Chris Mayes. All missed the Missouri game, but all were at Wednesday’s practice in regular jerseys.