Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray is expected to play in the Bulldogs’ next game against Georgia Tech on Nov. 27, but he could be held out of practice today due to knee and chest injuries sustained against Auburn on Saturday, coach Mark Richt told the Touchdown Club of Atlanta Monday.
"He’s beat up pretty good, actually," Richt said at a lunchtime appearance that was streamed on the Internet.
Murray left the 49-31 loss late when Auburn defensive tackle Nick Fairley’s helmet hit Murray’s left knee. Richt said Murray also had a "pretty deep bruise in his chest."
Georgia director of sports medicine Ron Courson described Murray’s injuries as a bruised knee and a bruised sternum and said he is "day-to-day."
"The knee was something that everyone was concerned about when he got hit late in the game," Richt said. "He went down and certainly took a shot there. Luckily, there’s no structural damage of the knee. It was more just a blow to the knee and the bone and it’s bruised up pretty good. … I think he’s going to be fine."
Richt said he did not know if the redshirt freshman would be able to practice today.
"We’ll see how he handles it, if he’s able to throw the ball," Richt said. "We think by gametime he’ll be able to play, but right now practice is day-to-day."
Richt said on his call-in show Monday night that the chest injury was bothering Murray the most.
"There’s no guarantee he’ll play in the game, but we’re thinking that there’s a good chance that he will," Richt said.
Fairley fell into Murray’s knee after being partially blocked on the play where Murray was injured – one of several plays involving Fairley that have drawn scrutiny.
He was flagged for roughing the passer in the third quarter when he went head-first into Murray’s back well after he had released the ball.
Fairley had at least two other hits on Georgia’s quarterback after he delivered a pass, including one when Fairley drove Murray into the ground.
Richt declined to comment Sunday when asked if he took issue with some of Fairley’s hits on Murray or if he would send tape of the plays to the Southeastern Conference office for review.
"I thought offensively we blocked (Fairley) pretty good most of the game," Richt said. "There’s some times he did get free. Sometimes he got free a little bit late, but he did get free."