Ramik Wilson, the Southeastern Conference‚Äôs leading tackler, missed his fourth straight day of practices on Thursday.
There are still more than three weeks before Georgia opens against Clemson, plenty of time for the senior to be able to return for game action.
In the meantime, sophomore Reggie Carter out of South Gwinnett has stepped into Wilson‚Äôs first-team inside linebacker spot in practice.
‚ÄúShoot, I prepare like I do every game like I‚Äôm a starter,‚Äù said Carter, who had eight tackles in eight games last season. ‚ÄúI feel good out there. It‚Äôs just I‚Äôve got to talk more to gain the coaches‚Äô trust and the players‚Äô trust, but I‚Äôm feeling pretty confident as the days go by.‚Äù
Wilson is on the practice field even though he‚Äôs not participating.
He‚Äôs offered Carter pointers since he sustained the injury.
‚ÄúHe got a little banged up in the head,‚Äù Carter said.
Georgia hasn‚Äôt confirmed Wilson sustained a concussion.
Wilson, a senior from Tampa, had 133 tackles last season in his first year as a starter.
‚ÄúHe‚Äôs taking mental reps,‚Äù inside linebacker Amarlo Herrea said. ‚ÄúMental reps are just as good as physical reps. You‚Äôve got to play it mentally before you can play it physically.‚Äù
Herrera said he didn‚Äôt know when Wilson would return to practice.
‚ÄúI hope soon,‚Äù Herrera said.