As if Georgia‚Äôs beat-up secondary didn‚Äôt have enough of its players spending time in the training room, junior cornerback Damian Swann became the latest to join the injury list.
Swann was limited in Tuesday‚Äôs closed practice with what the school says is a hip flexor and groin strain. The junior led the Bulldogs with four interceptions last season and is the only returning secondary starter.
Two more projected starters, safety Tray Matthews and cornerback Sheldon Dawson, are also still battling ailments, as is safety Corey Moore, who was competing at the other safety spot.
Safety Josh Harvey-Clemons, who would have started, is suspended for the opener.
Matthews remains out of practice with a strained hamstring and coach Mark Richt said he‚Äôs ‚Äúday-to-day.‚Äù Dawson is limited with a shoulder sprain. Moore hasn‚Äôt practiced for two weeks with a knee sprain and seems the most likely to not be available for the
Aug. 31 opener against Clemson, but Richt hasn‚Äôt said that any injured players will miss the Clemson game.
‚ÄúIt‚Äôs not as healthy as I hoped it would be,‚Äù Richt said of the group. ‚ÄúThere‚Äôs guys that are missing reps, obviously. ‚Ä¶ We don‚Äôt have guys that could be getting reps getting them and that hurts us. Some guys might be ready by the time the game starts, but how many reps are they going to get between now and then to really be as ready as they could have been if they got all those reps? It‚Äôs a problem, but it‚Äôs football.‚Äù
Defensive end Garrison Smith said he thinks players are being held out with the big picture in mind so they‚Äôll be ready for the start of the season.
‚ÄúI think it‚Äôs really more of a preventive thing that guys are out rather than injury,‚Äù Smith said. ‚ÄúI don‚Äôt really think guys are injured where they can‚Äôt play. I think they‚Äôre just trying to make sure they‚Äôre 100 percent before they bring them all the way back. You don‚Äôt want to bring a guy back when he‚Äôs only 90 percent when you can actually get him to 100 percent. I don‚Äôt think anybody‚Äôs not able to play right now. Those guys are working out, they‚Äôre doing everything we do, they‚Äôre just not practicing now.‚Äù
Georgia has seven defensive backs on its injury list, including reserve cornerback Devin Bowman, who‚Äôs out with a strained hamstring, and cornerback Reggie Wilkerson and safety Paris Bostick, who were lost for the year with season-ending injuries this summer.