ATHENS – Richard Samuel, Georgia’s No. 1 tailback at the start of the season but mostly limited to special-teams play recently, will miss Saturday’s game at Georgia Tech after suffering a concussion in a practice-field collision.
Samuel collided with walk-on cornerback Christian Norton, who also suffered a concussion , on a pass play during Tuesday’s practice, coach Mark Richt said today.
Richt said both players also sustained “neck injuries that are not severe.”
Both players were taken to an Athens hospital for tests and released Tuesday night. Neither will require surgery, Richt said.
“We don’t think either one of them is going to have any long-lasting issues from it,” Richt said, “but it was scary there for a minute.”
Richt said Norton, a member of Georgia’s scout team and the son of Georgia track and field coach Wayne Norton, was briefly unconscious after the collision, which occurred in a portion of practice closed to the media.
When he regained consciousness, Richt said Norton lightened the mood by immediately lamenting that the injury would cost him a shot at the “Iron Man Trophy,” which goes to all Georgia players who make it through a season without missing any practices, meetings, classes or tutoring sessions.
“He was laying there and was all bummed out,” Richt said. “That was the first thing he said: ‘This is going to cost me the Iron Man Trophy.’ . . . So he kind of livened up the boys a little bit, and everybody felt like he was going to be fine.”
Also today, Richt was less hopeful that wide receiver A.J. Green and safety Bacarri Rambo will be able to play against Georgia Tech on Saturday. He described both players as “doubtful” for the game.
Rambo hasn’t practiced since suffering a concussion in the Nov. 14 game against Auburn, and Richt said this afternoon: “I don’t think he’ll play.”
As for Green, who sprained a joint in his left shoulder in the Auburn game, Richt said: “I wouldn’t rule him out, but chances aren’t very good at all, I guess.”