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Blog: As the Suspensions Turn (UPDATED)

Georgia’s football team left for Missouri this afternoon.

The rumors followed the Bulldogs there.

As you know, Georgia announced that cornerback Sanders Commings and linebacker Chase Vasser were suspended for two games for offseason arrests, but hasn’t confirmed (what was reported this spring) that safety Bacarri Rambo and linebacker Alec Ogletree‚Äôs suspensions will carry over into this game or any others for that matter.

Rambo was appealing a four-game suspension for a second violation of Georgia’s drug-testing policy. Ogletree also reportedly got a multi-game suspension.

Ogletree tweeted out this afternoon: “Maybe another week.”

Tailback Todd Gurley tweeted to him “be safe this weekend bro we gonna get that win for yall boyz.”

Ogltetree tweeted back: “appreciate the love lil bro. Take care of business and do your thang out. There.‚Äù

Cornelius Washington tweeted: ” S/O to the soldiers we have to leave behind. Y‚Äôall will be missed.‚Äù He then listed Rambo, Ogletree and Vasser.

(UPDATE: Commings name was noticeably absent from that tweet, but I’m told that, yes, he remains suspended and also didn’t make the trip.)

(UPDATE II: Contrary to another report out there, Georgia AD Greg McGarity says Commings’ two-game suspension remains in effect. He won’t play. Suspension must be served in first two games).

Players tweeted out photos from the plane that Georgia fans undoubtedly pored over like the Zapruder film.

John Jenkins, Xzavier Ward, Washington and Christian Robinson can be spotted.

No sign of the suspended players.

Wait. A defensive players photo was sent out. Checking. Checking.

Ramik Wilson. Jarvis Jones. Hmm. OK.

The soap opera will make way for a football game Saturday night.

ANOTHER UPDATE:  Fullback  Zander Ogletree, who did not play in the opener, also appears to have not made the trip.

He tweeted to Vasser about having two weeks until “we free,” indicating another suspension. Georgia has not confirmed that.

His name was bandied about as also being suspended this summer.  I asked running backs coach Bryan McClendon back in June if Zander Ogletree was available for the first game: “Yeah. Just for right now. From everything I’m hearing. I don’t know. I haven’t heard anything otherwise. …You may have heard something that I didn’t.”

Also, backup offensive lineman Watts Dantzler tweeted that he wasn’t on the trip either. Dantzler was out of practice this week with an ankle sprain.

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