Bulldogs have plan to get Matthews back up to speed

Georgia starting free safety Tray Matthews was back at practice Thursday, limited from contact as he returns from shoulder and hamstring injuries.

“With the plan that we had for him and how we were going to bring him back, the whole focus was to get him ready for game one,” defensive coordinator Todd Grantham said. “We’ve got a scrimmage next week. Give him some reps and some work there. I think he’ll be fine. He was here in the spring so we’ve been able to evaluate him and got a feel for what he can do. We’ve just got to get him honed in on the calls and get him some work.”

Grantham said he expected junior college safety Shaquille Fluker “back here relatively short.” Fluker is listed as having a lumbar strain as well as an illness.

Tight end Jay Rome (ankle sprain) practiced in a non-contact jersey. Among those injured and still missing were safety Corey Moore (knee sprain), linebacker Tim Kimbrough (knee sprain) and nose guard Chris Mayes (concussion.

Receiver Reggie Davis (sprained knee) practiced in a non-contact jersey as did safety Marc Deas (elbow sprain).

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