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Blog: `Very important piece’ Marshall sidelined by hamstring injury

Georgia’s backfield was missing some key players in Tuesday’s practice, the first after Saturday’s scrimmage.

Tailback Keith Marshall, the freshman early enrollee from Raleigh, N.C.,  missed practice due to what Georgia called a slight hamstring injury.

Marshall rushed for 18 yards on five carries in the first spring scrimmage.

“He’ll be a very important piece of this offense,” receiver Tavarres King said. “Hopefully, once he gets back he’ll just keep rolling.”

Richard Samuel, working at fullback lately, also didn’t practice.

Quarterback Aaron Murray said he wasn’t sure what kept Samuel away.

“I know a couple of guys were sick,” Murray said. “I don’t know if he had that or what.”

Defensive end Ray Drew missed practice because he was sick. Guard/center Dallas Lee, who did not scrimmage Saturday, may have a concussion, guard Chris Burnette said.

“He may be out a little bit longer,” Burnette said.

It turned out that the absences came on a day when practice was forced indoors by the weather.

“For about an hour and a half, we got some good work done outside,” coach Mark Richt said in a statement.  “But then there was some lightning in the area and we had to gather the team up and get them indoors. I was very pleased with what we were able to accomplish once we moved inside and I thought we got some good skill work done in there.”

Receiver Rantavious Wooten (pulled leg muscle) and inside linebacker Amarlo Herrera (stinger) practiced in non-contact jerseys. Inside linebacker Christian Robinson (ribs) returned to practice after missing the scrimmage.

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