Mark Richt on Sony Michel: ‘Can’t imagine him playing anytime soon’


It was too good to be true. We had to know there was no way the Georgia Bulldogs were going to come out of a game against Tennessee without suffering some sort of major injury. This year it’s sensational freshman tailback Sony Michel.

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Michel was injured with just over three minutes left in the second quarter of Saturday’s game against the Vols, walking off with an apparent upper body/shoulder injury.

He never got back into the game.

Now head coach Mark Richt doesn’t feel too confident about Michel’s prospects to return to action in the near future.

Some sources say that Michel could be out for a month or more. That would have him out for the games against Vanderbilt, Missouri, Arkansas and possibly even the Nov. 1 game against Florida.

The initial diagnosis for Michel is a shoulder contusion, but Mark Richt isn’t elaborating any further on the extent or type of injury without more information.

“We’ll find out more about (it) later on,” head coach Mark Richt said, via the Macon Telegraph. “We don’t really know about him.”

Georgia will miss Sony Michel coming off the bench as a change of pace running back, but they’ll really miss his work on special teams, where he was named as a captain and was a top gunner on kick coverage teams.

With Keith Marshall still sidelined, and A.J. Turman out with a foot injury, the once bountiful Georgia running back corps has been reduced to Todd Gurley, Nick Chubb and Brendan Douglas.