The Georgia passing game just took a major hit.
The Bulldogs top receiving weapon, graduate transfer Lawrence Cager, re-injured his shoulder late in the first half against Missouri on Saturday night. Coming out of halftime, Georgia ruled him out for the rest of the game.
At the start of the third quarter, the ESPN broadcast showed Cager wearing a giant jacket with a sling on his left arm. This is the same shoulder injury that sidelined him against Kentucky a few weeks ago.
Before he departed, Cager recorded six receptions for 93 yards against Missouri.
Cager came into Saturday leading the team with 26 receptions, 377 receiving yards, and four receiving touchdowns, but that only begins to tell the story of how valuable the graduate transfer is to the Georgia offense.
In the key victory against Florida last week, Cager posted seven receptions for 132 yards with a touchdown. No other Georgia pass-catcher had more than 46 receiving yards and the next closest Bulldogs receiver to Cager in the game from a receiving yards perspective was Demetris Robertson with 24 yards.
Without Cager against Kentucky, the Bulldogs offense really struggled. Granted, Georgia played the Wildcats in a heavy downpour, but the Bulldogs couldn’t get much of anything going offensive, especially through the air that night. They didn’t score in the first half before finally breaking through with three second-half rushing scores.
If Cager has to miss any significant time, the Georgia offense will badly miss him.
Former Georgia linebacker and ESPN’s David Pollack took to Twitter to express how big of a loss Cager would be if he can’t play next week against Auburn.
That is a HUGE blow for Georgia football! Cager is by far their best WR and if he is out next week vs Auburn their win % drops by 20%. Seriously he is that key!
— David Pollack (@davidpollack47) November 10, 2019