ATHENS — Jordan Harris went from starting to not playing at all. Now there’s a possible explanation why.
Harris, the freshman guard, has a bone chip and is out indefinitely, a team spokesman informed reporters early in Saturday’s game against LSU. Where exactly the bone chip is – as in what body part – and when the injury occurred were not explained.
“Until our medical people decide what to do with it, I won’t give you any more,” head coach Mark Fox said after Saturday’s 82-80 win over LSU, adding: “I probably can’t tell you when it happened. He hadn’t played very much the last four or five games. It’s a situation that could require surgery, to be honest with you. Might not. But they’re still trying to work out.”
But Harris has not played in Georgia’s past two games, the loss to Kentucky and win at Alabama. His minutes had been decreasing before that, only playing five minutes in the win over Mississippi State, 15 at Tennessee and 14 against Florida.
Harris started 12 games this year, including the first eight of SEC play. He’s averaging 5.2 points and 2 rebounds per game, and was 9-for-26 from 3-point range.
Georgia (16-11 overall and 7-8 in the SEC entering the LSU game) is already without its best player, junior forward Yante Maten, who sprained his knee early in the Kentucky game.
As for Maten, he was able to walk without crutches the past few days, but that doesn’t necessarily mean he’s any closer to returning.
“We’ve got the greatest training staff in the world, and when we left town he got to spend a couple days with Ron Courson, which is a real blessing, because Ron is so good,” Fox said of the football team’s athletic trainer. “(Maten has) been off crutches for two or three days. … He’s nowhere close to playing. And so I really can’t give you anything more there. I wish I could.”