Tailback Todd Gurley isn’t the only prominent Georgia starter who could miss Saturday’s game at Tennessee.
Free safety Tray Matthews missed practice Wednesday after straining his left hamstring Tuesday, according to director of sports medicine Ron Courson.
Coach Mark Richt said after practice that Matthews had “tweaked” the hamstring.
“We’ll see how bad it was, but it was bad enough where he couldn’t go today,” Richt said.
Asked who would replace the freshman as the starter if he can’t go, Richt said he didn’t know. Another freshman, Quincy Mauger, is listed as his backup.
“I don’t know sometimes means I don’t want to tell everybody, but I’m not really exactly sure how we’ll do it,” Richt said. “We’ll have to make some decisions if in fact he can’t go.”
Matthews missed much of preseason practices with a pulled hamstring and he was also bothered by a shoulder injury.
The freshman from Newnan is fifth on the team with 20 tackles and has the Bulldogs’ only interception.
“Everything happens for a reason right,” Matthews tweeted.
Georgia is coming off a game in which it gave up 372 passing yards to LSU, but Tennessee won’t present the same type of passing threat.
Gurley hasn’t practiced this week after spraining his left ankle in the second quarter against LSU Saturday.
He’s missed all three practices this week, but Richt didn’t rule him out for Saturday.
“A lot of times it depends on a guy and what type of a veteran he is,” Richt said. “If a guy knows what to do and he feels great on
Saturday even though he didn’t feel good on Wednesday, I think I’d still play him anyway.”
Richt indicated Keith Marshall is likely to start even if Gurley is available.
“He tried a little bit today in the (training) room,” Richt said. “He knew he couldn’t go today.”