UGA LBs DeLoach, Bellamy undergo surgery

Even before Georgia put on full pads on Monday for the first time this preseason, the Bulldogs’ injury list was growing.

Georgia starting outside linebacker James DeLoach was to undergo surgery on his left thumb Monday, but is expected to be out of practice for less than a week. He is expected to be available for the Bulldogs’ season opener on Aug. 31 at Clemson.

The surgery for DeLoach was to take place at St. Mary’s Hospital. Also undergoing left thumb surgery there was freshman outside linebacker Davin Bellamy, who already was limited in practice with a shoulder injury sustained while playing at Chamblee High School.

“They’ll be practicing relatively soon,” coach Mark Richt said. “You don’t miss an awful lot on that. …It will probably be a couple of days (out), but it won’t be a long time. It won’t be a full week or two weeks or anything like that.”

DeLoach, a sophomore from Millen, was at Georgia’s fifth preseason practice Monday morning, but was not participating. He sustained a sprained ulnar collateral ligament.

“He knows enough of what to do that I don’t think it will (set him back),” Richt said.

Bellamy has a broken left thumb, according to Georgia. He’s also expected to be ready for Clemson.

“You’ve got a lot of hand to hand combat in there,” Richt said. “Your digits get pushed back sometimes, they get damaged. We’re going to clean them up with the surgeries and then club ‘em up to protect them.”

Both were injured in Sunday’s practice.

DeLoach was expected to start opposite Jordan Jenkins at outside linebacker. Senior Chase Vasser was working as a first-team outside linebacker today with DeLoach sidelined.

“We’ll roll other guys in there, too,” Richt said.

Starting free safety Tray Matthews was limited for the second straight day due to what Georgia said was a sprained shoulder. Freshman cornerback Shaq Wiggins was out with a strained groin.

“It’s not good, but like I told them after practice, `That’s football,’” Richt said of his secondary.

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