Jarvis Jones offered an apology for being the last Georgia player up for interviews Tuesday night.
“I just came from treatment,” the junior All-American outside linebacker said. “That’s what took me so long so I’m sorry.”
Jones is expected to play Saturday against No. 3 Florida after missing the Kentucky game with a sprained right ankle.
“Yeah, I’m fine man,” said Jones, who said he did nearly everything in practice. “I’m finally getting back out there moving around a little bit, enjoying it. …I feel good right now.”
The SEC’s sack leader from last season hasn’t played enough this year (75 percent of games) to show up on the league’s official statistics this week.
Jones’ 5 ½ sacks would rank third, but he also sat out the Florida Atlantic game with a strained groin.
He said he hasn’t felt close to healthy since he reinjured the groin early in the Sept. 8 game against Missouri.
“It’s been tough, man,” Jones said. “It’s been frustrating, but just got to go out there and keep my head level and stay focused and just keep pushing myself. With me being a leader of this team and this defense, the guys look up to me. I’ve just got to take care of my body better than I have been and just stay focused and when I do get a chance to play, just give everything I’ve got.”
Jones said he injured the ankle on a “freak play” when a lineman pushed Alec Ogletree. The linebacker fell on the ankle. Jones returned to the game, trying to tough it out.
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