Javon Bullard is an essential part of the Georgia defense, and the question has been asked all week if he’ll be able to suit up against UAB.
Georgia defensive back/safety Javon Bullard injured his ankle in the first quarter against Ball State. He did not return to that game, and although there was speculation he might start against South Carolina, he did not take the field against the Gamecocks.
This week, Georgia hosts the UAB Blazers in a prime-time matchup at Sanford Stadium. Will the MVP of the national championship game and the College Football Playoff semifinal against Ohio State be in the game this week?
Kirby Smart gave the latest update in his weekly press conference.
"He (Bullard) hasn’t been able to do much. He warmed up (against South Carolina), didn’t feel great in warmups, so we shut him down and hasn’t done much this week in terms of practice. I asked him today, and he is underwater running, got a boot on, but he has not been able to practice."
It’s unlikely we’ll see Javon Bullard on the field against UAB
Given Kirby Smart’s comments, and the fact that much more difficult and important games than UAB (not taking anything away from Trent Dilfer and his team) are coming up on the schedule, it seems highly unlikely that Bullard will play tonight.
Safety David Daniel-Sisavanh, who started for Bullard against South Carolina, and safety Dan Jackson, who had a fourth-quarter interception against the Gamecocks, will probably spilt some reps tonight at Sanford Stadium.
A testament to Georgia’s depth and Kirby Smart’s coaching staff, the Bulldogs have still looked solid without their star safety.
Kickoff for the game tonight is at 7:30 PM ET on ESPN2.