Headed into week 14 and Georgia’s final regular-season game of the 2019 college football season versus in-state rival Georgia Tech, the Bulldogs like most teams are dealing with players who are banged up and injured. For UGA, this is their fifth game in a row in the month of November and coming off a stretch of four Southeastern Conference opponents.
After not playing against Texas A&M this past Saturday due to aggravating a left shoulder injury versus Auburn on November 16th, wide receiver Lawrence Cager was expected to be cleared for practice per head coach Kirby Smart‘s comments from Monday’s press conference.
“We talked about Cager after the game. He didn’t feel like that he was able to go and was going to be 100 percent. But there’s nothing new on those two as far as we’re moving forward (Cade Mays and Cager),” said Kirby. “They should be cleared to practice this week and we’re hopeful they’ll play.”
As has been been the case for most of the season, Georgia’s practices have been closed to the media, but Wednesday evening, several media outlets began to report that Cager had sustained an ankle injury per sources.
Although the University of Georgia has not released an official statement confirming whether or not Cager sustained a serious ankle injury during Wednesday’s practice, the graduate transfer did post on his Instagram account Friday morning the following, which would seem to indicate that he will be out for the rest of the season… at least for the Tech game Saturday and the SEC Conference Championship Game on December 7th.
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The energy in Sanford Stadium is undoubtedly electric. I wish it didn’t come to an end like this and if I could go back in time to the beginning and do it again, there isn’t another school I would rather choose. Thank you Dawg Nation for all the great moments this past year. My boys know that we going get that SEC Champ and I’m still with them even if I’m not on the field. Big Dawgs always going to shake back! #GoDawgs
Cager is Georgia’s leading receiver headed into week 14 with 33 receptions for 476 yards and 4 touchdowns. In Cager’s absence, the Bulldogs will rely on freshman phenom, George Pickens, who is the team’s second-leading receiver with 32 receptions for 457 yards and 5 touchdowns along with two other freshmen, Dominick Blaylock and Kearis Jackson, as well as junior Demetris Robertson and senior Tyler Simmons.
In addition to Cager, the Georgia offensive line has been banged up. Ben Cleveland and Cade Mays have both been battling and playing through nagging injuries during the last few weeks. While Cleveland played versus A&M, Mays did not, which Kirby Smart addressed during Monday’s press conference.
“Cade (Mays) was, just like we said last week, was cleared to go. He was going to be able to go if we needed him to. We wanted to try to avoid it if we could,” said Kirby. “And we were able to get through the game without having to use him.”
Cornerback Eric Stokes left during the second quarter of the Texas A&M game and did not return. Kirby Smart said that Stokes was not cleared to return to play in the postgame presser.
“He got dinged up. I’m not even sure how bad it is. I don’t even know if he could’ve came back,” said Kirby. “We rotate three corners, and he wasn’t cleared to come back.”
Kirby updated Stokes’ Status on Monday by stating that “we think he’s going to be fine” and “we think he’ll be fine to go today.” On Tuesday, Kirby confirmed Stokes had been practicing but with limited contact.
“He has practiced. He has not had a lot of contact but he’s done everything in practice just non- contact for a couple days,” said Kirby. “He’ll be contact tomorrow (Wednesday).”
In addition to Lawrence Cager, Cade Mays, and Eric Stokes, here is a full list of injured Bulldogs headed into the Georgia Tech game:
- WR Trey Blount (undisclosed) – QUESTIONABLE – The junior wide receiver hasn’t dressed out for Georgia’s last four games and has not participated since the Tennessee game.
- WR Tommy Bush (sports hernia) – DOUBTFUL – Bush dressed out for A&M last Saturday, but it is doubtful on whether or not he will play versus Tech.
- WR Lawrence Cager (ankle, left shoulder) – OUT –
- CB Tyson Campbell (foot – turf-toe) – PROBABLE –
- OL Ben Cleveland (foot) – PROBABLE –
- OL Owen Condon (leg, left shouder) – OUT –
- OL Trey Hill (ankle) – PROBABLE –
- OL Cade Mays (ankle, shoulder) – PROBABLE –
- QB D’Wan Mathis (head) – OUT –
- CB Tyriquee McGhee (foot) – PROBABLE –
- CB Eric Stokes (head/neck) – QUESTIONABLE –
- WR Tyler Simmons (shoulder) – PROBABLE –
- OL Justin Shaffer (sparined neck) – OUT –
- DL Tramel Walthour (undisclosed) – OUT –