A.J. Green in doubt for Tech game

Athens – Georgia wide receiver A.J. Green’s availability for Saturday’s game at Georgia Tech remains in doubt.

Georgia coach Mark Richt said this afternoon that Green has not yet regained sufficient strength or range of motion in his left shoulder, which he injured in the Nov. 14 game against Auburn.

“Right now, he’s still working on the strength and getting the soreness out,” Richt said. “He doesn’t have full range of motion right now. Sometimes these things can change quickly, and sometimes they don’t.”

Richt said a decision to play Green probably wouldn’t be made before game time, although a decision against playing him could come sooner.

“If he couldn’t have a full range of motion and run full speed and feel comfortable and confident by Thursday, it’d be very unlikely he’d play,” Richt said.

Green suffered a sprained joint in the shoulder in the first half of Georgia’s victory over Auburn and did not play in last week’s loss to Kentucky. He is the Bulldogs’ leading receiver with 47 catches for 751 yards.

Richt said safety Bacarri Rambo, who also missed the Kentucky game after suffering a concussion against Auburn, is more likely than Green to play at Tech. The plan is for Rambo to go full-speed at Wednesday’s practice for the first time since the concussion.

“We’re pretty confident Bacarri will [play Saturday],” Richt said.

74 comments Add your comment

Freddy

November 24th, 2009
2:35 pm

Who’s your daddy

reebok

November 24th, 2009
2:39 pm

Tech fan here. AJ will play. Count on it.

Cuz

November 24th, 2009
2:46 pm

If he is still hurt, don’t play him. No Sam Bradford imitations.

BlackSmoke

November 24th, 2009
2:51 pm

Don’t risk it if he’s not 100%. AJ is a phenomenal player with a very bright future. No reason to send him out to re-injure it and require surgery. That said, hopefully he will be 100% by game time….although it’s highly unlikely. Get well soon AJ!

Savannah Fan

November 24th, 2009
2:58 pm

I will not matter if he plays or not

Dylan

November 24th, 2009
3:06 pm

Don’t play him. He is the best weapon on offense and if he were to re injur his shoulder against Tech it might require major surgery. The other recievers have stepped up, especially Wooten and T. King.

JJ

November 24th, 2009
3:10 pm

Saint Simons, I hope you look back on your worthless years and think of all the time you wasted in your life blogging the UGA websites. It’s so pathetic that all you do is sit at your computer all day and wait for new blogs to post. You are such a loser! You must weigh about 300 pounds and wear inch-thick glasses from gazing at the computer all day.

JJ

November 24th, 2009
3:12 pm

Saint Simons hasn’t posted yet. He must be playing with himself in the bathroom.

Dr Nick

November 24th, 2009
3:12 pm

Makes you wonder if these guys should take into consideration that they may be injured and unable to play in the NFL and that they should make as much of an effort as possible to acquire the best education they can for their future.

KDAWG

November 24th, 2009
3:19 pm

AJ should not play unless he gets a clean bill of health from doctors. It’s not like we need him to move the ball on Tech through the air. Wooten, Charles, and TK will do just fine.

EW

November 24th, 2009
3:26 pm

Yeah KDawg, I agree, our concern is on D. We have enough weapons to score, unless AJ is taking Brian Evans’ spot, he needs to err on the side of caution.

PowerDawg

November 24th, 2009
3:36 pm

Just concentrate on getting well, A.J.! We’ll go out and win this one for you!

DamnGoodDawg!

November 24th, 2009
3:38 pm

It would be great to have Green back but, lets face it, quality receivers is not a problem. We’ve got um. Our problems include a nice kid we hoped would be another David Greene and turned out to be another Reggie Ball. They include knuckle headed players who haven’t got enough sense and dicipline to stay out of 15 yard penalties. Everybody talks about our “talented” guys. I think a number of them are not as talented as their pre-signing hype lead us to believe. Also you have a head coach who thinks he can coach every kid with kindness and a pat on the helmet or backside. What few mention is that we need a special teams coach who knows his butt from a hole in the ground. Squib kick to the 30. Run back to the 50. Duh??? There are so many problems on this team that…Dang, aren’t Brian Evans and Prince Miller ever going to leave?????

DamnGoodDawg!

November 24th, 2009
3:41 pm

By the way, don’t throw the ball to a tight end unless he’s got “Charles” across his back!!!!!!!

J Dub

November 24th, 2009
3:46 pm

I hate to say it, but I agree with Cuz. (Not because I don’t like to agree with Cuz, but because I hate to say sit Green.) If he isn’t healthy enough to go, don’t force it. The young receivers have improved all season and I don’t want to risk Green being more severely injured. He will most definitely be needed during the offseason as we transition into a new QB. Go Dawgs!!

GT Alum

November 24th, 2009
3:46 pm

Don’t kid yourselves, people. AJ Green will play Saturday. Count on it.

j

November 24th, 2009
3:52 pm

PowerDawg,

They played the Kentucky game for Green.

knoxdawg

November 24th, 2009
4:13 pm

GT Alum:

As much as we Dawg fans want AJ to play and as much as you Tech fans think he will don’t bet on it. He won’t play unless he is 100% healthy. Part of the resaon why he is hurt is because he came back to soon when he played against Auburn.

While I agree our problems are on defense and how we will stop Tech, we sure could use AJ while on offense. He makes Cox look better than he is. Maybe that bad taste in his mouth from the loss to Kentucky will make Mr. Cox focus on playing a complete game this week. Might not matter cause if we don’t slow them down we can’t score enough points to win.

Gonna be interesting to see if Martinez is a hero come Sunday morning or the laughing stock of Georgia. I wouldn’t bet the house on him be a hero!!

This year has been a tough pill to swallow. I know we lost some good players but that isn’t why we are 6 – 5 looking at 6 – 6. We are not very focused, not very disciplined and are very predictable on defense and offense. We will see if CMR has the guts to do what everyone knows must be done.

Personally don’t want us to go to a bowl if we are 6 – 6. However, if they used the time to get the players coming back ready for next year and they worked the whole time on fundamentals then I would say go. But they won’t so why go.

cantondawg

November 24th, 2009
4:22 pm

Knoxdawg,

I can’t believe the foolishness when people say that we should not go to a bowl. Do you guys realize that the players work their butts off 12 months a year. They go thru weightlifting, spring practice, summer workouts and then the season. The only reward most of them get is a trip to a bowl game. I don’t care if their record is 6-6 they should go and enjoy themselves

GT Fan Here

November 24th, 2009
4:23 pm

As a GT fan, I would like to see AJ play, hopefully he will be 100%…no fun to beat on an injured dog…

llf

November 24th, 2009
4:48 pm

If he can’t play, at least he can still dance on the sidelines with the rest of his teammates.

Buzz Belle

November 24th, 2009
4:51 pm

KnoxDawg – I want to wish you good luck in your game but my hopes are on my Yellow Jackets. With a week off, I’m anxious to see how strong they come out. I’ve been a Tech fan for aver 35 years (yikes, I’m really getting old!) so you know I have been through some really good and really bad years, I know how you must feel when your team is such a huge letdown. Just think how much fun it will be when both teams are going into the last game of the year with zero losses and a lot on the line. Football – love it!!

Party at A.J. Green's to watch SEC Title Game

November 24th, 2009
4:56 pm

Party at A.J. Green’s to watch the SEC Title Game
December 5, 2009
5 P.M.
4117 Gator Avenue – Athens, Ga 30605
B.Y.O.B.

Dan

November 24th, 2009
5:02 pm

Knoxdawg, you seem reasonable. I think you’re right in much of your assessment. I expect we will score on y’all but I also think y’all are gonna move the ball on us too. The question will be whether turnovers hit y’all like they have all season (same for us). Whoever has the fewest turnovers will win because I think both teams are gonna rack up yards.

Scrap

November 24th, 2009
5:05 pm

Clean Old Fashioned Hate week……….don’t you just love it…….the rivalry is back with all hate and spite this rivalry deserves……My what a little turn in the tide can do for a once top notch rivalry…..I for one hope the rivalry is back in a big way for a long time to come……….Now THWG……..Lets get the Jackets ALL THE WAY TURNT UP!!!!

jacketnation

November 24th, 2009
5:30 pm

Tech will hand UGag it’s worst loss of the year. Bowl game? Who the heck wants a 6-6 team. Maybe you can play New Mexico State in the New Mexico State bowl.

squat

November 24th, 2009
5:35 pm

git rid of evans and start rambo

Browndog

November 24th, 2009
6:11 pm

I am sure UGA will play the best that it can. GT should be favored by more IMO but the guys that establish the spreads have a pretty good idea of what “should” happen on the field. Could be a very ugly game or a very entertaining game. GT has the better team, but you never know. UGA has to play a perfect game and GT has to turn it over about four times to make things even. UGA has not played a complete game all year so just maybe it happens Saturday. Good luck to all the seniors on both teams.

Matt

November 24th, 2009
6:12 pm

As a Tech fan I don’t want him to play on Saturday even though I don’t think that it would change the outcome of the game. But if he isn’t feeling fine by Thursday then Richt should not play him and risk further injury that could require major surgery and jeopardize his career. A.J. Green still has atleast one more year left at UGA and maybe two if they get lucky, so Richt should not put his career on the line in a game that he probably won’t be able to change the outcome in unless he found a way to stop the triple option and not commit penalties last week on the sideline.

Golden Tornado

November 24th, 2009
6:18 pm

If A.J. plays, we’ll lose. Please don’t play him!! Pleeeze!!

HOW 'BOUT THEM DOGS!

November 24th, 2009
6:31 pm

Some people play with the minor injuries that occur during the season. Some are more concerned with their future pro career. Think about that the next you wonder why a 3 or 4 star player who is more hungry outshines the 5 star prima donna….

bull - dykes

November 24th, 2009
6:40 pm

it doesn’t matter if green plays. We are the bull dykes and whether he plays or not, we are toast. At least we will have strapons that match our helmets. That’s all the coaches really care about anyway.

Sweet Home Alabama

November 24th, 2009
6:45 pm

He needs to play.he can get well in the off season.do not let the Nerds beet you.or you will here from me.

bull - dykes

November 24th, 2009
6:50 pm

sweet home,

we you be replacing rosie in the locker room for the massage?

AUGUSTAJACKET

November 24th, 2009
6:50 pm

Hope U.GAY COME OUT IN BLACK FOR THERE FUNERAL

No Name

November 24th, 2009
6:51 pm

Cantondog, bowl game are you serious? That should be a reward for a succesful season. All teams work hard and bust their butts from august tru november. But by your thinking if they’re won 2 and lost 10, they should go to a bowl. Back in the 60’s UGA was 6 and 6. Went to the Sun Bowl in Texas and lost by something like 46 to 3 by a good Nebrask team. It was a total embarrassment for the team. They need to STAY HOME this time.

Bring Me the Head of Saint Simmons

November 24th, 2009
6:56 pm

The bigger question is not whether AJ will play, but whether Willie will actually have a defense that’s not a 60 minute prevent-defense. Anyone other than me see a similarity between Mickey’s joke defense at FSU and ours? It’s deja-FSU all over again.

Clueless

November 24th, 2009
7:13 pm

cantondawg,

You are living in a special place. UGA WILL go to a bowl because it allows them to practice for three weeks they will not get if they don’t. That is too important for the program and the young players to miss.

On the other hand, you are correct that the players have worked out, etc. If they had been better they would have gotten a reward by going to New Orleans, Orlando, Tampa, etc. They did not! Just because they have a .500 record, they are ENTITLED to go to a bowl, extra practice, etc. BTW, that is the problem with this country now, ENTITLEMENTS (but another forum). But you wouldn’t understand that, either.

What makes you think these kids want to miss Christmas, be stuck in a hotel room for a few days in Shreveport, and have to celebrate the holidays late? I have made this very trip with the team in years past. All they wanted to do was get it over with, get the hell out of Shreveport, and back home to their families to enjoy the holidays. That is some reward!

Now if you ask them, they have been coached to say yessir we want to go to Shreveport. Will you spend the holidays in Shreveport? You probably don’t even get over to Athens. Now sorry if I disagree with you and try to resort from your usual name calling.

As for the new journalist with the article asking whether to fire CMR, what are you trying to do? Obviously sell papers and cause problems for our recruiting. Fans are angry (mostly over things that should have been addressed one or more years ago), they want some changes, and are upset that the previous staff has thus far refused to admit to their fan base that they even acknowledge the problem. But…I think there is only a very small fringe who really want to see CMR leave. They want him to step up, admit problems, address them, and make changes. ONLY IF he refuses and things do not get better do I see the true supporters go after him. We have a wonderful coach, but he has got to be tough enough to make changes and adjust.

dawgfan

November 24th, 2009
7:23 pm

I am a Dawg fan. With that said, I am totally dissapointed in my team. Not so much because of the W’s and L’s, but because of the lack of discipline off and on the field. I hope UGA beats Tech this Saturday, but I do not think we will. I almost feel like UGA does not deserve to win this game because of the way they have conducted themselves this year. Tech has found ways to win like great teams do, they don’t get in trouble off the field, and they fear and RESPECT CPJ. We have not simply lost games this year, each loss was a blow out except for LSU. I am looking forward to next year, as I was last year and the year before. No changes in the staff equals no season tickets bought by me. I am still a fan, but I will not pay good money to watch the same crap I have seen for two years now. C’mon man, off field discipline problems in the eleventh week? Richt you need to take charge of the team, because now they are making a fool of you. Tech, I used to laugh at you and Reggie Ball, now I know karma is a bitch. Enjoy the ride Tech and have fun while it last, because it will not lst forever. UGA, USC, OSU, and Michigan are perfect examples. I hope for a good game Saturday, with good sportsmanship (no UGA penalties), and no injuries to either team.

bull - dykes

November 24th, 2009
7:39 pm

dawg fan,

get a strap on and join us bull dykes!

Coach Richt

November 24th, 2009
8:04 pm

6-5 and 85% of you SUCKERS still want to pay me millions a year to coach your team! Bwahahahahah!!

Wicked Witch of the SEC East

November 24th, 2009
8:14 pm

Put A.J. in, Stafford and Moreno too, they still lose to the Gators by double digits and get beat by Tech too. “We’re Melting, melting, melting.” – UGA Football Program

murfdawg

November 24th, 2009
8:35 pm

Why do we need AJ when we run a draw play on 3rd and 10?

Dawg since 1965

November 24th, 2009
8:48 pm

Read the entire article and then comment on the desire of some for the changes. We all know the defense has been weak but really???
http://www.ajc.com/sports/uga/fire-richt-beware-the-212722.html

Maria

November 24th, 2009
8:51 pm

Richt is blowing smoke. He knows green and Rambo will play, he’s just playing stupid mind games.

It won’t make any difference in the azzwhuppin’ to come:

Tech 52, UGA 17.

Oh wait, the ugly mutt died. Make it Tech 62, UGA 7.

instate

November 24th, 2009
9:24 pm

Big Dawg

November 24th, 2009
9:37 pm

Richt had better not play Green ….Duhh..He….has a bruised lung and a very injured shoulder. No game is worth injuring that boy any further. Truthfully ,…..Green needs to sit out the rest of the season and truthfully get better. By the way the season aint worth it!..Get well Green…Don’t let them put you in premature. Think about your career Hmmm…NFL

GT23

November 24th, 2009
9:44 pm

I read comments on AJC.com and I am amazed! CMR has brought more winning to UGA than any coach in recent history. Do UGA fans remember what it was like to be middle of the pack in the SEC? It wasn’t that long ago. You have had more success with CMR than you have had since VD. You have a good HC that has a program in transition and has had a down year. He is a stand up guy of good faith and knows how to win, All major programs go through this type of rebuilding season. Too bad you guys can’t see it. If you want to fire him, please do so! I’m certain that someone in the SEC will be more than happy to hire him and kick your butts. You can hire Chan and he will recruit very well and give you 8 win seasons. I’m a Tech fan that thought for a long time that we would not beat UGA as long as Richt was the coach. It’s good to see that he is human. My thoughts are that you UGA fans need to “hang tight” and let the coach do his job. He will recruit and he will win. Just not this weekend! Go Jackets!

Saint Simon is working at Waffle House

November 24th, 2009
10:07 pm

I would rather see AJ sit. It won’t matter. Let the freshman play and learn how it feels to kick clobbered. They can get the fire they will need to have a better year in ‘10. The talent is there. With some new coordinators or coaches, they will have the chance to shine.

boots

November 24th, 2009
10:10 pm

Dawgfan, the one thing that you have to say about this year is that the “off field problems” have been minimal. Having a few kids arrested for license issues is hardly a problem. I had more guys in my fraternity get arrested in one weekend than the team has had this year. It isn’t like we are the Vols and have guys holding people up, in jerseys, at gunpoint. Problems on the field are the issue.