OL Long, CB Dawson hit with injuries

Offensive lineman Austin Long is out for the rest of Georgia’s spring practices after re-injuring his hand and cornerback Sheldon Dawson likely is, too.

Dawson was the only reported significant injury from Saturday’s second spring scrimmage, pulling a hamstring, which coach Mark Richt said could put him on the shelf for the rest of the spring.

“I’ll try to get some treatment in and work on it,” Dawson said. “I don’t like thinking negative, but it is what it is. If it’s bad, I’ll know I have to rest. I don’t want to, but I’ll just have to get ready to roll in the summer.”

Long, who was working as the first-team right guard in Chris Burnette’s absence, underwent surgery for a broken right hand on Friday after injuring it during Thursday’s practice. Long sustained a fracture in the same hand during bowl practices in December.

Freshman cornerback Reggie Wilkerson had an interception. Dawson said he would be the guy to step in for him.

“Right now, I’m watching Reggie Wilkerson and I see a lot of talent,” Richt said. “I see a guy that’s going to be able to do it, but he’s taking his lumps. It’s just hard to be a rookie out there and get used to what it takes.”

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