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Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Smith uncertain, "Bean" Anderson doubtful

Branden Smith’s status for the Arkansas game is uncertain because of what head coach Mark Richt called “concussion-like symptoms.”

“He actually got knocked out of bounds in yesterday’s practice, and had a contact-related headache. I’m not even sure his status, to be honest with you.”

Sanders Commings and Jordan Love would move into contention for playing time at the nickel back position.

Carlton Thomas and Logan Gray would be the top candidates to handle punt return duties if Smith can’t go.

He might also be missed on offense, where offensive coordinator Mike Bobo has indicated he’d like to use Smith more.

Meanwhile, nose tackle Justin Anderson is doubtful after re-aggravating a turf toe injury. Richt said that wasn’t the reason Anderson didn’t play in the South Carolina.

The news was better on inside linebacker Christian Robinson, a starter, who Richt said should play despite a knee contusion. Robinson has been in a green non-contact jersey.

- This week of practice has been more physical

“It got ramped up a bit more,” Richt said. “I mean our practices have been good, but apparently not good enough.”

Richt specifically meant tackling, where they’ve let players go a bit further in their technique this week. Normally they have defenders pull up before taking their guy to the ground, so as to avoid injuries or wear and tear on players.

- Freshman linebacker Demetre Baker has had some good practices. Freshman receiver Michael Bennett also remains in the practice rotation.

But each player is still likely to redshirt, unless they’re needed.

- The requisite A.J. Green update. (Richt gave a brief opening statement about practice, then asked what we’d want to know, before answering himself, “A.J.”

“I heard that on Friday that they’ll hear his appeal,” Richt said. “I’m not even sure who’s involved in that.”

Asked if he’d heard if they would get a ruling, Richt answered: “I can only hope that.”

Green is practicing, so Richt said they would be able to use him if he were declared eligible.

“It’s not as big of an issue this week because we basically prepared as if he wasn’t gonna be in the game. For the other two we were really hopeful but weren’t really sure what was gonna happen till late in the week, both of those weeks.”


Anonymous said...

Will they let Gray do more than fair catch the punt?

waldendawg said...

Where is Dowtin? Did he play last week I don't remember seeing him in the game. From what I have read he is one of the most physical LBs we have. After the SC game I think we need the guys that will stick it in there on the field.

John said...

I know I'll get called a lot of names for saying this, but it sure seems like this season has started badly and is going downhill fast.

First we had all the off-field incidents during the spring and summer (including Damon and the dismissal of our starting qb), then the AJ Green situation (which is still not resolved and seems to have the potential to actually get worse), the poor play of the offensive line, the loss to SC, Mike Bobo seemingly forgetting three-fourths of the playbook, Chapas gets hurt and now B. Smith suffers a concussion in PRACTICE. I mean seriously, things just keep getting worse. Things are not good.

I know most people seem to think everything is hunky-dory and all this stuff is going to magically fix itself. I hope that happens. I really do.