Georgia’s 27-0 win over Missouri was a very physical affair that saw several Bulldogs that went down and had to leave the game. Wide receiver Lawrence Cager has been battling and playing through a shoulder injury most of the season and looked to have aggravated in during the game, had to leave, and did not return. Most notable were the injuries along the offensive line where UGA had their starting sophomore center, Trey Hill, go down with an apparent lower leg (ankle) injury. Cade Mays slid over from right guard and took over for Hill, and he then went down after getting rolled upon. Starting right tackle Isaiah Wilson also had to leave for a short while.
The good news is that most of those were very minor injuries. Wilson was able to return and finish the game out and Kirby Smart stated that both Cager and Mays could have returned in Saturday’s postgame presser.
“Think (Lawrence) Cager will be fine. He bothered his shoulder again but we think he’s going to be fine, probably could have came back in if he had to,” said Kirby. “The other guys I think are fine. We’ve got Trey (Hill) with an ankle. Cade (Mays) was fine and he could have come back in. Isaiah (Wilson) played.”
Mays also said he was “OK” in his postgame interview from Saturday stating, “I just got rolled up on. I’m OK.”
On Monday, Kirby said that both Cager and Hill were expected to practice that afternoon.
“We’re expecting Lawrence (Cager) to be able to go out and practice today. Should be fine. And Trey (Hill) has got an ankle, but he’s going to be able to practice today as far as we know,” said Kirby. “I’ll find out more when I get out there, but they’re both cleared to practice.”
And on Tuesday, had positive remarks regarding Cager and Hill practicing, but cornerback Tyrique McGhee has not been able to practice.
“He’s (Lawrence Cager) good. He’s taking all his reps, catching balls, doing what he’s supposed to do,” said Coach Smart. “Hopefully, we can keep him healthy.”
“Tyrqiue (McGhee) hasn’t been able to practice this week. He’s been on the bike, he’s been running some, he may clear and be able to help us but I don’t know right now,” said Kirby. “Trey’s (Hill) been fine, he’s taken all the reps.”
McGhee has been dealing with a foot injury and was not able to practice for or play versus Florida or Missouri.
But the most positive remarks on Cager this past week came from fellow wide receiver Tyler Simmons on Wednesday during post-practice player interviews.
“He’s alive and well at practice. He’s moving around great. He’s been great this week,” said Simmons. “He’s made some big plays. We’re looking for him to play this weekend.”
“I think he’ll definitely be out on the field,” added Simmons.
Three players that we haven’t had an update on this week are linebacker Channing Tindall, offensive lineman Justin Shaffer, and redshirt freshman wide receiver Tommy Bush.
Tindall sustained an injury during the Kentucky game back on October 19th and also had not been able to practice or play. Shaffer is still out with a sprained neck he suffered in the South Carolin game back on October 12th and Bush is also still recovering from a sports hernia.