Injury report: WR Bennett should return this season; RB Gurley ‘doubtful’ for Mizzou

Wide receiver Michael Bennett is expected to return “at some point this season,” Georgia said after he underwent surgery Tuesday in Athens for a torn meniscus.

Justin Scott-Wesley, another wideout, also underwent surgery at St. Mary’s Hospital to repair meniscus damage in his right knee. He will have ACL reconstruction later and is out for the season as is tailback Keith Marshall, who will have ACL surgery sometime in the next three weeks.

Meanwhile, Georgia won’t have star sophomore Todd Gurley in its backfield Saturday against Missouri unless he shows dramatic improvement from his sprained left ankle.

Coach Mark Richt called the tailback’s status as “doubtful,” but didn’t quite rule him out.

“We’ll see how he runs just straight ahead,” Richt of today’s practice. “Is he going to play in the game? He could. We’re not counting him out, but we have to prepare as if he won’t play.”

Richt wants Gurley to return when he’s able to run like he usually does.

“It’s one thing to be able to run straight, and it’s one thing to be able to change directions, but it’s another thing to be able to run the way he runs the ball when you start getting two to three guys trying to knock you back and you’re driving through people,” Richt said. “You start adding all the resistance of that weight, and that becomes a problem, so we just want to make sure he’s really healthy before coming back.”

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