Georgia Football will see a key playmaker return at the perfect time

ATHENS, GA - NOVEMBER 6: Hairy Dawg during a game between Missouri Tigers and Georgia Bulldogs at Sanford Stadium on November 6, 2021 in Athens, Georgia. (Photo by Steven Limentani/ISI Photos/Getty Images)
ATHENS, GA - NOVEMBER 6: Hairy Dawg during a game between Missouri Tigers and Georgia Bulldogs at Sanford Stadium on November 6, 2021 in Athens, Georgia. (Photo by Steven Limentani/ISI Photos/Getty Images) /

Georgia football has overcome so much adversity on the injury front this year, and with one regular-season game remaining, the Dawgs could see its healthiest team yet.

Last week against Charleston Southern, the Dawgs handled their business and rested their starters for most of the game.

Guys got to heal, and younger players got playing time. That would be a win-win for head coach Kirby Smart and his team.

The Dawgs will attempt to take that same strategy this week and put Georgia Tech away in the first half. If Georgia can rest its starters again, it’ll only help them in the SEC Championship Game and eventually the playoffs.

The Dawgs can 100% beat Tech like they beat Charleston Southern, which would be ideal for keeping this team as healthy as possible.

Georgia football could see its healthiest team yet as this week’s injury report improves.

As the team’s health improves, there has been a rumor circling for weeks around Georgia wide receiver George Pickens and him playing.

Pickens’ rumors get louder as the former five-star receiver could see the field sooner than later, which is still wild to think about as it’s been less than a year since he tore his ACL.

Last week, Pickens dressed in full uniform and did some warmups before the game but did not get into the game. Then again, the starters were only in for a half, so there was no need to use him.

By being able to rest some starters last week, the injury report looks brighter and brighter this week.

Full 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)

DB Christopher Smith (Doubtful)

WR Justin Robinson (Probable)

OL Jamaree Salyer (Probable)

DL Devonte Wyatt (Probable)

DE Nolan Smith (Probable)

While this list still seems too long, and it is, the Dawgs are getting healthier each week.

They need to stop losing guys during those brutal practices, but this team is getting closer to 100%.

Georgia won’t get to 100% because there are guys who suffered season-ending injuries, but if they could get everyone who can return, that will only elevate the Dawgs’ chances of winning it all.

The Dawgs already have a pretty lethal squad with so many on the injured list, so imagine how good they will be with some of these guys back on the field contributing.

Georgia football players who are OUT for the Georgia Tech game

The usual players are still on this list, except for Pickens, who is still on this list but has an asterisk beside his name.

Could he play, or is this a ploy for other opponents to start worrying about him? Maybe both, but either way, it’s causing a buzz.

As for the other six guys on this “out” list, they all suffered season-ending injuries or injuries more recently, so five of the six will stay on here for the rest of the year.

Milton will be the only guy who could see playing time among the out players on this list. He tweaked his MCL, so if he can go, Georgia will add him back to the mix, but it’s doubtful they will push him for this week.

Georgia football players who could play for the Georgia Tech game

Georgia has plenty of names on this list, but they all could see playing time back against Georgia Tech if the Dawgs need them to. It seems Nolan Smith could have gone against Charleston Southern if they needed him to, but thankfully Georgia didn’t need him.

Devonte Wyatt played minimal reps last week, but he is staying on this list because he would benefit from another week of light work.

Christopher Smith got hurt last week in practice, so he was out against Charleston Southern, and Smart said he wasn’t practicing on Monday, but he could be someone to see the field if Georgia needs him to, and he is able.

Jamaree Salyer’s situation is similar as well — he could see time, but let him heal as well. They have to stay healthy for upcoming NFL situations between him, Wyatt, and possibly Nolan Smith.

All these guys could use another week of healing and get healthy, so hopefully, the Dawgs will handle their business as they did against the Bucs.

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While it would be great to see them all play, if Georgia doesn’t need them, save them for Alabama and the playoffs. There is no reason to risk any injury against Georgia Tech. The Dawgs have the talent to beat them, and they should, so rest some starters and let the younger guys earn some more reps.