They helped Georgia get to Atlanta but won’t be able to play in the Southeastern Conference championship game Saturday in the Georgia Dome.
Receivers Michael Bennett and Marlon Brown, defensive end Abry Jones and linebacker Chase Vasser saw their seasons cut short by injuries that required surgery.
Bennett and Brown tore ACLs, Vasser tore a labrum and Jones tore an ankle ligament.
“We’re all sitting there in that training room just kind of sulking,” Bennett said. “We wish we were out there, but we’re just glad our team is doing great without us. That just shows the depth at receiver and those other positions is really great.”
Jones still could return for a bowl game.
Bennett, who led Georgia in receptions before sustaining the injury to his right knee in practice on Oct. 2, said he’s making good progress.
“The doctor that did my surgery, he sees me every Tuesday and he was saying that I’m his poster child, so that was pretty cool,” Bennett said. “He was saying my knee looks so great right now. So that was really encouraging. I’m just rehabbing hard every day.”
Bennett said he will be able to run routes but didn’t expect to do too much during spring practices — he’ll mostly be doing “non-contact stuff” — because it will be only about six months after surgery.
He said he expects to be cleared for action by June and ready for preseason practices.
Bennett said he expected to be permitted on the sidelines during the SEC title game.
“That was nice of them to do,” Bennett said. “I was hoping they gave me some tickets and stuff. They’re doing that for me this weekend.”