Another Georgia football player has sustained injuries riding his motor scooter.
Backup defensive end Derrick Lott suffered a deep laceration to his right calf in a scooter accident on Tuesday that is expected to keep him sidelined for some of the Bulldogs’ preseason practices.
Lott underwent surgery at St. Mary’s Hospital and is estimated to need four to six weeks for a full recovery, according to Georgia director of sports medicine Ron Courson.
Georgia starts preseason practice in the first week of August, so the Bulldogs hope Lott could be full speed by the second week of camp.
The 6-foot-4, 303-pound redshirt sophomore from Kennesaw made seven tackles in three games last season. He’s listed as DeAngelo Tyson’s backup on the preseason depth chart.
Lott is at least the third Georgia football player injured on a scooter in as many years.
Linebacker Chase Vasser was sidelined for six weeks after separating his right shoulder, bruising his left shoulder and sustaining a concussion in a crash in 2009. He redshirted that fall.
Former Bulldogs linebacker Marcus Dowtin missed time last preseason after sustaining scrapes in a scooter accident.
Georgia baseball player Chance Veazey was paralyzed from the waist down following a 2009 scooter accident after an evening study session.
Lott was driving to park his motorized scooter alongside the Butts-Mehre building in an alley used by football players when he sustained the cut in his leg at about 3:35 p.m Tuesday, according to Lt. Eric Dellinger of the University of Georgia police department.
UGA police were dispatched to the scene of the accident to respond to a report of an injured person.
Lott was driving a red UM X-Speed 50 cc scooter on the Butts-Mehre front access alley way next to the loading dock. He told police he was “too close to the wall when he felt a metal portion of the wall’s lower rain fixture cutting into his leg and scooter back rear panel,” according to the police accident report. No charges were filed in the incident.
“It put a little mark on his scooter and cut his leg and EMS decided they needed to take him to the hospital and get him looked at,” Dellinger said.
Georgia said last year that about 140 of its athletes — about one in four — use a two-wheel motorized vehicle to get around campus. At least 40 football players were estimated to use them.
Although scooter use can leave athletes vulnerable to injury, the convenience the vehicles provide puts coaches in a difficult spot when deciding how to regulate their use.
“They’re trying to get from one place to the next,” coach Mark Richt said last year. “It’s tough to wait on a certain bus. If you miss one bus, then you have to wait for the next one and then you may be late to the next spot you’re going to.
“We’re expecting guys to be on time to class, be on time to meetings. I think it’s just allowing those guys to meet those obligations.”