Worry over UGA’s Murray ends in relief: It’s just a sprain

"Hey, ref! That's a penalty kick!" (AP photo)

"Hey, ref! That should be a penalty kick!" (AP photo)

For 3 1/2 hours Monday, we all played the prognosis game: “If you break your ankle on Feb. 19, can you play college football in the Georgia Dome against Boise State on the night of Sept. 3?”

Moot point now. Aaron Murray’s ankle is sprained, not broken. Bulldog Nation can rest, if not easy, then certainly easier.

And we saw, not for the first time and I’m guessing not for the last, the viral power of the Internet and social media. You’ll recall the feeding frenzy over Tweeted news that Joe Cox would miss the South Carolina game in 2009. (He didn’t.) We’ll never forget the thrill-ride that was Georgia’s search for a defensive coordinator. (For late tuners-in, the Bulldogs hired Todd Grantham.) Now this.

Monday’s original report, offered by the UGA student newspaper The Red and Black, was that “team sources” were saying Murray had broken his ankle in two places. Turns out it wasn’t broken in even one place. (Rule of thumb: Not being broken is better than being broken, especially if you’re the starting quarterback of a team that just went 6-7 and has to face Boise State and South Carolina in September.)

Turns out those 3 1/2 hours of teeth-gnashing were for naught. And apparently it turns out that European brand of football — we call it “soccer” — might be tougher than some red-blooded Americans care to admit.

On Nov. 13 Aaron Murray stood up to the pummeling, some of it within the rules, administered by Auburn’s massive meanie Nick Fairley and kept coming back. On Feb. 19 a pickup soccer game on campus left him on crutches. Just sayin’.

By Mark Bradley

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Eddie

February 21st, 2011
5:46 pm

European brand of football not tougher than we care to admit. Just sayin’

First?

Mark Bradley

February 21st, 2011
5:51 pm

Kudos, Eddie. Or should I call you FAST Eddie?

Sometimes I amuse myself.

Not Don Waddell

February 21st, 2011
5:54 pm

Man, got to wonder what folks are thinking sometimes. Never forget Ron Gant destroying his career on a motorcycle or Phil Mickelson almost ending his career before it got started with a skiing incident.

Glad the kid likes to compete, but hope he has learned his lesson.

Mark Bradley

February 21st, 2011
5:56 pm

Let’s not forget Jim Lonborg. Won the Cy Young in 1967.

Went skiing.

End of career.

Danny

February 21st, 2011
5:58 pm

This could be Christian Lemay or Hutson Mason’s chance to shine. All the more reason to get your 2nd string QB reps in real games. Mason should have gottem 25% of reps last year. Crazy.

Murray’s injury prone, injured his leg 2x in last 3 years.

I like Lemay, he’s awesome. Murray, like Mark said, 6-7 as a starter, but couldn’t beat 1 team that had a winning record.

Richt loses more games 7 out of last 8 seasons than the year before.

Now this?

Is Richt got the jinx or something?

SimpleDawg

February 21st, 2011
6:00 pm

Pick up game injuries to scholarship players are silly……especially if you’re a player who is difficult to replace.

C’mon, Man !

Josh

February 21st, 2011
6:00 pm

Aaron Murray doesn’t take leadership seriously. He really let his team down. Unbelievable poor judgment. Selfish too.

Rusty

February 21st, 2011
6:04 pm

Is God trying to send Richt a message? Hmmmm.

todd grantham

February 21st, 2011
6:06 pm

i thought pickup soccer games were banned in his contract.

5150 UOAD

February 21st, 2011
6:06 pm

Murray you get paid to play football. Don’t do something stupid playing a bad kids game and get hurt.

Dog Man

February 21st, 2011
6:08 pm

Look, Murray went 6-7 in 2010, worst year any qb had in Richt’s career going back until 1985. I don’t think Georgia could lose more than 7 games with any QB this year (except Murray obbviously, who couldn’t win 7 games with AJ Green catchin balls). It don’t get no worse than 6 & 7 man.

todd grantham

February 21st, 2011
6:09 pm

remember the braves pitcher cecil upshaw i think playing a pickup basketball game and hung his ring finger on the rim?

Royce

February 21st, 2011
6:11 pm

Immature move by an immature kid. This is what happens when you put your future in an 18 year ole freckle faced kid’s hands. He blows the whole Spring by wanting to show everybody what a great athlete he is. Some people better grow up, fast.

Larry

February 21st, 2011
6:12 pm

“Aaron Murray doesn’t take leadership seriously. He really let his team down. Unbelievable poor judgment. Selfish too.”

How utterly ridiculous! He was playing Soccer for Pete’s sake! What a terrific sport to keep your legs and cardiovascular system in shape for Football.

todd grantham

February 21st, 2011
6:13 pm

in re: Cecil Upshaw: His career was actually cut short due to an unfortunate incident in 1970. He and two other Braves players were walking down an Atlanta sidewalk and one of the other players bet him he couldn’t jump up and touch an overhead awning. He did reach the awning, but a ring on his pitching hand ring finger got caught on a projection off of the awning and tore ligaments in his hand. He never fully recovered, but was considered one of the better pitchers in major league baseball up to that time.

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Ralph

February 21st, 2011
6:17 pm

I really hope some of these comments are sarcastic. The kid played a game of soccer, so he ought to be sent straight to hell, right?

todd grantham

February 21st, 2011
6:19 pm

wouldn’t it be embarrasing to be a baseball player hit in the head with a pitch and the press reports that xrays returned negative. heh

Alice Kramdem

February 21st, 2011
6:19 pm

Ralph! Dinner’s ready!

Conference USA Champions

February 21st, 2011
6:20 pm

5150 UOAD

February 21st, 2011
6:20 pm

I hear Lemay and Mason went in together and purchased a Rugby ball, then left it in front of Murray’e door.

Mark Bradley

February 21st, 2011
6:21 pm

Supposedly that was the headline after Dizzy Dean got hit in the head with a throw: “X-rays of Dean’s brain show nothing.”

Some other folks claim the headline never ran.

Ram Boo

February 21st, 2011
6:22 pm

Richt is jinxed, I agree!

Look out, and don’t stand near him!

todd grantham

February 21st, 2011
6:23 pm

little know fact: Terry Forster was injured in an all night dominos. he was making a pizza and began tossing dough all over the kitchen and blew out an ab muscle.

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Danny, Josh, Rusty, Dog man, Royce are the same person

February 21st, 2011
6:23 pm

I am a Tech fan who hates UGA. So I come on here and act like a bunch of different people when it is really just one. All the negative comments below will be from me but will show a different name. It is something I really enjoy.

todd grantham

February 21st, 2011
6:23 pm

yeah, i knew it came from baseball lore somewhere.

Billy Jack

February 21st, 2011
6:24 pm

I hurt my wrist over the weekend beating off….but..I’ll never stop…life goes on…

todd grantham

February 21st, 2011
6:24 pm

that was about the time Ole Diz started singing Wabash Cannonball.

Ken

February 21st, 2011
6:26 pm

Luckless Richt is bewitched again. Man, the poor guy can;t get a break.

todd grantham

February 21st, 2011
6:27 pm

That year, during Game 4 of the World Series against the Tigers, Dean was hit in the head with a thrown ball while trying to break up a double play at second base. The collision of skull and spherical horsehide knocked Dizzy unconscious, and he was taken to the hospital. The next day, the local sports section ran the now famous headline, “X-ray of Dean’s head shows nothing

probably apochryphal

5150 UOAD

February 21st, 2011
6:27 pm

Next thing you know Murray will start thinking he is man enough to play Basketball with Coach John O’Conner. LOL

Billy Jack

February 21st, 2011
6:27 pm

Terry Forester and I exchange clothes….todd..you are a bully….

sogadog

February 21st, 2011
6:28 pm

Wow, I really missed Logan Gray for a minute there. Has his transfer gone through yet?

Ken

February 21st, 2011
6:28 pm

Dude, every person who doesn’t agree with you is a Tech fan? Really? Sure. You probably believe in UFO’s too.

PB

February 21st, 2011
6:30 pm

phew…………….

What a relief! One less excuse Georgia fans will have when they lose to Boise.
Excuse list mounting up already.

1. Boise had more time to prepare.
2. Boise only has to get up for one game a year. (that’s why all the teams they beat lose on purpose)
3. It was the coaching that won it for Boise, definitely not the talent. (One of my favorites, & so is #1)
4. Boise is a better coached team. (True, they are the best coached team)
5. Georgia made too many mistakes. (Isn’t it funny how every team does that against Boise)
6. Boise wanted it more. (No,Georgia is no powerhouse &BSU will be less motivated with VT)
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KJ

February 21st, 2011
6:30 pm

Big Murray fan. He’s gonna be a great punt returner when his ankle gets better. He can’t take Logan’s place on fair catches.

James

February 21st, 2011
6:32 pm

Tugh month for Richt. 2 best coaches quit on him, and his QB blows out an ankle.

sogadog

February 21st, 2011
6:36 pm

Mr. Bradley,

Please censor Billy Jack.

Eric

February 21st, 2011
6:37 pm

This been my knock with Murray from the get go. The kid just show boats. He tries to scramble when he should throw it away, tries to throw passes into triple coverage, tries to run backwards instead of take a sack.

Now this?

Kid lacks judgment.

Big time.

Who’s his back up? Time for a new leader.

Paul in RDU

February 21st, 2011
6:39 pm

Anyone who thinks you can’t get hurt in soccer has never had to deal with tackles like this

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p_st29mlQwU&feature=related
Check the slo mo at the 20 second mark

Doctor Doom

February 21st, 2011
6:40 pm

Fate is sealed. Nothign Richt tries is working. Since 2002, only increased wins 1 time over previous season. Arrests. Coaching turnover. Losing AJ & Justin. Now his QB goes down and proves himself incapable as a leader.

3-9 in 2011.

Terry

February 21st, 2011
6:42 pm

Bob Horner now that was one person who was Jinxed.

Doug

February 21st, 2011
6:43 pm

Richt will likely suspend Murray from the building for his poor decision making like he did Ealey, right?

todd grantham

February 21st, 2011
6:43 pm

so murray has the ole ankle sprain
and now’s in a good bit of pain
said “i hit a blocker, while playing soccer”
“and sent the dog nation insane”

Paul in RDU

February 21st, 2011
6:45 pm

Bravo coach todd!

Aaron Murray

February 21st, 2011
6:45 pm

now the dog nations aflitter
and sending out many a twitter
its only a sprain
got all time to gain
my really cute scrambling flitter

theTruth

February 21st, 2011
6:45 pm

Is it possible to have an age check on this blog and have only kids older than twelve?

For the record, that 6-7 QB set records this past year and had a better year than 3 of Manning’s 4 years, as a FRESHMAN.

The haters better enjoy this offseason, it will be shortlived as it always is as being the #11 all time winningest program in CFB history.

dawg4u

February 21st, 2011
6:47 pm

The Braves once had a player named Terry Harper who got injured waving a runner home from third base back in the mid 80’s. Bob Horner was even smiling.

Mark Richt

February 21st, 2011
6:47 pm

i told aaron not to play
that game called soccer today
in europe its called football
in my book its just gall
and i’m docking this week his pay