Last week, Ladd McConkey only played six snaps in Georgia’s 38-10 win over Tennessee because of a nagging ankle injury. McConkey suffered the ankle injury in the first half against Ole Miss and it will not require surgery, but his status is up in the air for Georgia’s rivalry game against Georgia Tech.
When Brock Bowers went out with an ankle injury and missed two games earlier this season, McConkey was the one who stepped up to fill that void. McConkey made 13 catches for 230 yards and a touchdown across the two games without Bowers. Now, the rest of the receiver core may need to cover McConkey’s production in the regular season finale.
This week, Kirby Smart updated the situation surrounding his star wide receiver. Smart first quelled the speculation about the injury requiring surgery, saying “That’s not the case at all. I don’t know where that’s coming from.”
With surgery off the table, McConkey’s short-term status is still unknown. Smart told reporters that McConkey had an MRI after the game and has undergone more testing, but would not say if he will play on Saturday.
That has led to speculation, including from Seth Emerson of The Athletic that McConkey will rest his ankle to prepare for the SEC Championship game against Alabama.
Carson Beck would need to lean even further on Brock Bowers and his leading wide receiver, Dominic Lovett who has 44 catches for 484 yards and two touchdowns this year.
Ladd McConkey injury status:
McConkey is QUESTIONABLE with an ankle injury.