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Saturday, September 18, 2010

Pregame blog (updated continuously)

11:27 a.m.: Yet more stuff

Freshman Dexter Morant has his left arm in a sling. The linebacker was set to redshirt anyway (especially after his brief retirement from football the first week of preseason).

In case there was any need for reminder, tight end Arthur Lynch is also not dressed out. Listed fourth on the depth chart, the sophomore is on track for a redshirt.

Fullback Shaun Chapas, already ruled out today, is limping pretty noticeably on his left ankle.

Arkansas has just taken the field for its warmups. The Hogs are going with a white-on-white look today.

11:15 a.m.: More stuff

Logan Gray could be returning punts today in Branden Smith's absence. Gray, who did it last year, is taking most of the punts in warmups.

Caleb King is testing his ankle, and looks OK. I just saw him take a few hits in a pregame drill, with no major repercussions.

Freshman tailback Ken Malcome isn't dressed out, as the team continues to angle for him to redshirt. (King's status helps that.)

11:05 a.m.: Green sighting

A.J. Green just walked onto the field with the rest of his teammates. The suspended receiver is wearing his red No. 8 jersey and black shorts. It even looks like Green is wearing shoulder pads.

Also, I forgot to mention earlier that Richard Samuel (knee) isn't dressing out either, but he wasn't expected back either. Right now it's a matter of whether Samuel will take a medical redshirt or not.

Samuel of course had 104 rushing yards - 80 of them on a touchdown - against Arkansas last year, before shifting to defense for this season.

11:00 a.m.: King playing, Dowtin out

Tailback Caleb King (ankle) will dress out today, according to Georgia. It's still uncertain whether he'll actually get a carry.

Inside linebacker Marcus Dowtin is not playing today. He suffered a shoulder stinger in practice a few days ago.

Dowtin, a reserve, had four tackles last week at South Carolina.

10:15 a.m.

First, some injury updates.

Branden Smith is out for the game after incurring what head coach Mark Richt called "concussion-like symptoms" this week in practice. That's potentially a big loss for the Bulldogs, given his Mr. Do Everything skills.

Meantime, tailback Caleb King's status will apparently be decided in warmups. He's dealing with a badly twisted ankle, which kept him out of last week's game.

Fullback Shaun Chapas and nose tackle Justin Anderson are definitely out. They were doubtful for this game, Chapas with an ankle injury and Anderson with turf toe.

I'll pass along more definite info on King as I get it.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Damn - 5 starters (or equivalents). Running game devastated. Time to sac up, men. This game will tell us a lot about this team's GATA-ness. Go defense, go!