ATHENS — Georgia’s final practice of the bye week was Thursday. When the team takes the field again on Monday, it’s hoping that three of its key players will be moving in the right direction towards playing.
It’s hard to tell for sure, though, coach Mark Richt acknowledged.
The most important player is Jordan Jenkins, the senior outside linebacker who missed the Missouri game with a groin strain. He didn’t practice all week, and nor did sophomore defensive lineman John Atkins, who also missed the Missouri game with a foot injury.
Both are questionable for next week’s Florida game, Richt said after Thursdays practice. So is fullback Christian Payne, who has missed four games with a fibula injury and was able to suit up Thursday, but did not do much.
“We’ll just have to see,” Richt said. “Friday-Saturday-Sunday is a pretty good stretch. So hopefully with the treatment and the rest hopefully they’ll be able to get to practicing.”
Tailback Sony Michel, meantime, didn’t practice at all this week. But that was just a case of rest, as Michel has been playing through a minor groin injury, and with Nick Chubb out for the season the Bulldogs badly need Michel to be healthy.
Tight end Jay Rome sat out this week with a sprained ankle, incurred during the Missouri game. Richt said he expects Rome to be able to practice Monday.
“That’s my best guess,” Richt said.
Plenty of players are dealing with minor injuries at this point in the season, Richt said, so he felt good about giving the team the rest of the week off.
“I’m hoping that’ll be therapeutic for everybody. Coaches included,” Richt said. “Get everyone revived and ready to go for the second half of the season.”