Ahead of the World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party, one of the World’s Largest Injury Lists continues to get thinner for Georgia.
Running back Todd Gurley, who missed the last three games with a high-ankle sprain, returned to practice earlier this week and, barring a “wild setback,” is expected to play Saturday against rival Florida. Wednesday, head coach Mark Richt said he expected Josh Harvey-Clemons and Tray Matthews to do the same.
Harvey-Clemons injured his foot in the Oct. 19 loss to Vanderbilt, while Matthews has sat out the past three games after tweaking a hamstring during practice the week after the LSU game.
“I think he’ll play, I really do,” Richt said of Harvey-Clemons according to Seth Emerson of the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer. “It’s good. It’s good for the defense, and I would think it’s good for our special teams that he’s on as well. But he looked pretty good. You could tell there was a little something there (with the foot), but it didn’t look bad.”
As noted by Emerson, the starting defensive backs have only been on the field for three games together this season, with Harvey-Clemons missing the opener due to suspension and Matthews the last three due to injury. Richt said it’ll be up to his defensive coaches whether either player starts and how much playing time each receives.
Emerson also notes that the Bulldogs’ injury list, which was at 25 a week ago, is now down to “just” a dozen players.
The news on the injured Bulldogs comes a day after the equally injury-riddled Gators gained a defensive starter but lost one from the offensive side of the ball as well.