Georgia football survived the Tennessee game without any severe injuries, and that is a blessing considering how many guys went down throughout the game.
Now the Dawgs take on Charleston Southern, and it’s a game they welcome, so some of these guys who are a bit banged up can rest.
Guys like Devonte Wyatt and Nolan Smith got a bit banged up against the Vols, but their strength kept them in the fight. They were determined to make sure Tennessee remembered who they were, and after that game, it’s evident the Vols will.
This week will allow those two to rest some, but expect them to play for at least the first quarter. However, the rest that this game will allow is one of the only reasons it’s a good idea to schedule an FCS program this late in the season.
While it doesn’t help the strength of schedule, Georgia has demolished teams week after week, and they don’t need too much more to impress the committee outside another blowout win.
The Dawgs have fought through so much adversity, and so many fail to realize that because they’ve been this successful.
For the last few weeks, the bad news continues to come on the injury front, but hopefully, this week will bring some healing opportunities on top of some new playing opportunities for some of the younger guys.
Here is how the Georgia football injury report looks right now. Hopefully, there will be names to come off it after this week against Charleston Southern instead of adding another one.
Georgia football injury report
WR George Pickens (Out/Questionable?)
OL Tate Ratledge (Out)
CB Jalen Kimber (Out)
CB Tykee Smith (Out)
LB Rian Davis (Out)
WR Arian Smith (Out)
RB Kendall Milton (Out)
WR Justin Robinson (Probable)
OL Jamaree Salyer (Doubtful)
WR Dominick Blaylock (Probable)
DL Devonte Wyatt (Probable)
DE Nolan Smith (Probable)
We added Wyatt and Smith because they both went down last week, but head coach Kirby Smart mentioned throughout his press conferences that they were alright, and both should be fine.
The guys who had the stomach flu last week should all be back as well.
George Pickens continues to improve and earn more playing time in practice. However, he is still in that no-contact jersey, so it’s still up in the air whether or not the Dawgs will use him. His rehab has been incredible to watch. It hasn’t been a year since the wideout tore his ACL, and yet it seems he is almost ready to return.
Georgia could use Pickens as a deep threat, and if he is healthy enough to do it, then bring it on. Maybe he can see playing time in four games and redshirt for another year of eligibility. At this time, it’s hard to predict whether Pickens would turn pro or not. Hopefully, he won’t because the Dawgs would love to have him back next season.
Smart mentioned Kendall Milton was running again, too but isn’t ready to release a timeline on his return.
Dominick Blaylock seemed to be one of the guys who was sick last week, so hopefully, this week against Charleston Southern will finally be the one we see him return to action.
Jamaree Salyer could have likely played last week against the Vols in an emergency. Broderick Jones did a great job handling the left tackle spot, so Salyer got to rest another week. He could see some time against Charleston Southern to get some time, but resting him again is the better decision at this time.
Justin Robinson is someone who could see time on the field this week as he needs reps to increase his confidence, but it’ll all depend on how that hamstring feels and if he can run full force.
Georgia is on the cusp of being as healthy as they can be, considering there are five guys out for the rest of the season, so the Dawgs could be peaking at the right moment as playmakers continue to return.
Slowly but surely, the Dawgs are getting healthy, and hopefully, it’ll be just enough extra talent to send them all the way.