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Blog: Marshall, Scott-Wesley lost for season; Bennett could return

Here’s the damage report on the injury-front coming out of Georgia’s win against Tennessee Saturday:
–Tailback Keith Marshall and wide receiver Justin Scott-Wesley are lost for the season after each tore the ACL in their right knees, coach Mark Richt said.

–Wide receiver Michael Bennett will have his right knee scoped “to find out what his deal is on his knee,” Richt said. He won’t play against Missouri, but Richt said he didn’t know how long he may be out.

“It’s sad for our players,” Richt said. “You see them work so hard to get in position to play for Georgia and realize their dreams of wanting to play in big games like that and try to win championships and all that. You see how much work they put in, how hard they play for you and work in practice for you and the offseason. They know in one play like that, it’s taken away from them. It’s heartbreaking. I don’t know what hurts more the pain of the injury or the pain of knowing you’re not going to get to play anymore for a while. I just feel bad for them.”

So Georgia will be without its second leading receiver and second leading rusher for the rest of the season and without its third leading receiver for at least a week.

Scott-Wesley has 16 catches for 311 yards and two touchdowns, including an 85-yard score. Bennett has 14 catches for 176 yards with two touchdowns.

Marshall rushed for 246 yards and a touchdown on 56 carries and had eight catches for 111 yards and a touchdown. He’s rushed for 1,005 yards in nearly a season and a half with the Bulldogs.

Scott-Wesley, Bennett and Marshall have combined for 38 catches for 598 yards and five touchdowns this season.

Richt said tailback Todd Gurley remains “day to day” with a sprained ankle that kept him out of the Tennessee game and his status for Missouri is uncertain.

“We’re not going to push him any faster,” said Richt, who said he liked how freshmen J.J. Green and Brendan Douglas have played. “The last thing we want to do is rush the thing on Todd.”

Richt said he didn’t know if starting safety Tray Matthews will return this week from a pulled hamstring injury.

There’s a “realistic shot” that safety Connor Norman could return from a concussion for Saturday. Punter Collin Barber’s status for Saturday is uncertain after he sustained a concussion Saturday.

Richt said receiver Jonathon Rumph “is very doubtful,” for Missouri. The junior college transfer has yet to play due to a hamstring injury.
“We’re definitely going to try and get him ready,” Richt said.

Richt said he did not know if freshman Tramel Terry, coming off his own ACL injury last winter, will be prepared to play for the first time.

“Is he really ready for this type of a competition?,” Richt said. “I don’t know.”

Richt said he didn’t know if starting safety Tray Matthews will return this week from a pulled hamstring injury.

There’s a “realistic shot” that safety Connor Norman could return from a concussion for Saturday. Punter Collin Barber’s status for Saturday is uncertain after he sustained a concussion Saturday.

Richt was asked if the condition of the Neyland Stadium turf played a part in the knee injuries. “I don’t know. I don’t think so.”

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