Caleb King says ‘100 percent’ he’s playing, but other injuries pile up for Dogs

(Updated 8 p.m.)

ATHENS – After entering the season “as healthy as we’ve been in a long time” — coach Mark Richt’s assessment early this month — Georgia’s football team has seen its injury list grow lengthy in a hurry.

Several key players remain questionable for Saturday’s game at Mississippi State: cornerback-punt returner Branden Smith (concussion), fullback Shaun Chapas (ankle) and offensive guard Chris Davis (knee and hip).

The news  is better for Georgia on another key player, tailback Caleb King, who is expected to play Saturday after missing the past 2 ½ games with a sprained right ankle.

“I know 100 percent I’m playing in this game,” King said after practice Tuesday night.

King acknowledged that he thought he would play last week, too. This time, though, running backs coach Bryan McClendon agrees with him.

“He’s definitely going to play,” McClendon said.

Smith, who suffered a concussion in practice early last week, is “getting better,” Richt said, but has not been cleared to resume practice. As with all players who suffer concussions, Smith must pass medical tests before returning to the field.

“We think before the week is over he will have a chance” to practice, said Richt, who added: “Believe me, we will not rush a guy [after a concussion]. There is no way. We’ll be real careful with him.”

Richt and offensive coordinator Mike Bobo expressed hope that Davis and Chapas will be able to play Saturday. However, Davis was riding a stationary bike during Tuesday’s practice, and Chapas was on the field in a green non-contact jersey.

Other injury news:

  • Wide receiver Kris Durham, a key part of the offense in A.J. Green’s absence, came out of a drill early in Tuesday’s practice.  Durham has been battling patellar tendinitis in a knee for the past couple of weeks, “but he’s been able to go in games and I don’t think it’ll be an issue,” Bobo said.
  • Inside linebacker Marcus Dowtin, who missed last week’s game with a shoulder stinger, “looks like he is going to be back,” Richt said.
  • Defensive lineman Justin Anderson, who missed last week’s game with turf toe, did not practice Tuesday.
  • Freshman tailback Ken Malcome, who already appeared likely to redshirt, is sidelined with a concussion suffered in practice last week.
  • Freshman outside linebacker Dexter Morant underwent shoulder surgery and won’t be able to practice again until the spring at the earliest. Morant’s other shoulder also might need surgery, Richt said.

146 comments Add your comment

Bryan G.

September 21st, 2010
2:03 pm

Ron Courson is definitely getting his money’s worth this year.

Reality Stinks

September 21st, 2010
2:03 pm

Reality Stinks

September 21st, 2010
2:03 pm

superDawg

September 21st, 2010
2:07 pm

Bobo out saturday nose picking injury.

Dogs v Dogs

September 21st, 2010
2:17 pm

What channel the Bulldogs vs Bulldogs game on in Atlanta area Saturday?

Real ACC Champions

September 21st, 2010
2:19 pm

Why can’t Bobo miss Saturday’s game and let Richt take over play calling?

Andre "Dirty" Waters

September 21st, 2010
2:24 pm

Get used to more and more players for all teams missing games due to concussions. The more we learn about the long term effects of brain injuries, the scarier it gets for these kids. No win is worth anyone’s long term brain health.

Mike Bobo

September 21st, 2010
2:25 pm

I am going to miss this Saturday’s game- we couldn’t get a sitter for 38 of our kids.

Mike Bobo

September 21st, 2010
2:27 pm

Effective immediately, I am taking a position on the football staff at Brigham Young since I clearly will make a great Mormon!

doggletinthecountry

September 21st, 2010
2:28 pm

dont play king—-let him heal up really good—-you ll need him for the Tenn game and the fla game–look down the road—–change your strategies? Just a thought. Hey, I tried. Maybe the ball will bounce Georgia way in the end who knows? Still a fan.

dawgster

September 21st, 2010
2:29 pm

Is it just bad luck but seems like year in and year out the dawgs have crucial injuries that are either season ending or that we have the many, many nagging injuries that keep players out especially at key positions…i know this happens at all schools, but the dawgs seem to have a knack for it more often than not…I’m not makinbg an excuse so please don’t accuse me of that, but its just an observation..maybe if we had more depth in some of these positions we wouldn’t notice as much or it wouldn’t affect us as much, but it never seems we are at full speed…Thats i believe is separating us from some of the elite schools such as Bama, Gators…this years recruiting class is so important…so lets stay behind the dawgs throughout the season…

NYC Dawg

September 21st, 2010
2:30 pm

Somone find out if Mark Richt called plays in the 4th Quarter last weekend… I saw him with Bobo’s playcalling sheet, and those two touchdowns came out of nowhere. Anyone have a report on that???

doggletinthecountry

September 21st, 2010
2:31 pm

hey that mike bobo thing is funny as h——ll!!!!

Ron Courson

September 21st, 2010
2:31 pm

Courson is pathetic. You get a sprained ankle and you are out 3 weeks. The toilet should be flushed on the ENTIRE program.

Greg McGarity

September 21st, 2010
2:33 pm

Oh, take all the time you need for babysitting, Bobo. We’ll be fine . . .

Exley DAWG

September 21st, 2010
2:35 pm

We have whimps on this team. Give them a dang shot and get in the game!

ManiacalDawgHoyden

September 21st, 2010
2:36 pm

Every one in my trailer park still have faith that the Richt and Bobo’s dawgs will turn this season around. Just “finish the drill”…..that’s the ticket!

jimmymack

September 21st, 2010
2:38 pm

nyc dawg good reporting

5150 P.O.A.D.

September 21st, 2010
2:51 pm

Are the Dawg coaches readying the excuses? Murry you better not cross the street in Athens if you lose this game. Bobo will be driving the bus that runs you over again. Did the O get Ealey so practicing really blocking or did they just do the THUD? Murry sure got THUDDED on that last sack against the Hogs.

CMR

September 21st, 2010
2:53 pm

“I’m passing out Green non-contact jerseys this week boys….who wants one!! Oh take two or three…we have plenty to go around!” Sad! A green jersey ofr a “stinger”?? What a bunch of wusses!

Saben

September 21st, 2010
2:56 pm

Dawgs headed down.

Even Missississipi State joins the party.

Wizard

September 21st, 2010
3:03 pm

Dawg_day_ahead

September 21st, 2010
3:08 pm

See http://www.teamspeedkills.com for a good dialog on the Dawgs D

TheTaxJacket

September 21st, 2010
3:10 pm

*** Nesbitt for Heismen ***

(((( 45 – 42 ))))

tom

September 21st, 2010
3:12 pm

Lets throw a bunch of money at Jon Gruden right now. I sure would hate to lose him on Monday night football though.

UGA Insider

September 21st, 2010
3:12 pm

I think it’s fair to say that CMR has to address our strength and conditioning program at seasons end. Everyone has injuries but UGA the past few years has looked small and punie to some of the other rival programs. Also, there is no reason in the world our 300+ pounders should be pushed around like rag dolls as they were the past three games. Also, our linebackers look very undersized as well except Justin Houston.

destin dawg

September 21st, 2010
3:12 pm

lets NOT try Ealey in the wild dawg !!!

82Dawg

September 21st, 2010
3:14 pm

@TheTaxJacket …………It will be a cold day in____ if Joshua Nesbitt even makes the top 5 in votes.

Wolf1

September 21st, 2010
3:27 pm

5150 P.O.A.D. the gentlemen from NC State are heading your way this week..fear the Wolf Pack!

Dave

September 21st, 2010
3:27 pm

I know all the stories and I’m disappointed, too. But we have lost to two teams that were ranked in the top 12 in the nation! C’mon, people….I want to win as bad as the other guy, but just because we aren’t undefeated I’m not going to throw in the towel! USCar is going to beat a LOT of people this year and so is Arkansas. We almost beat Arkansas and are getting better, Let’s not act like a bunch of school graders when we have only played 3 games and they may be the two best teams we see all year. Relax, take a pill and watch the rest of the season before passing judgement.

UGAgrad71

September 21st, 2010
3:29 pm

I hate to say it, but CMR seems, to me anyway, to be coaching scared. I don’t care how many plays you have in your playbook, they are worthless if the other team knows what is coming. Time for Richt to go, or get an OC with a brain and some imagination!!

NYC Dawg

September 21st, 2010
3:30 pm

destin dawg, I agree with you. It’s only effective with a fast offensive line who will get down field and create some running room. I’d like to mix in some shotgun earlier in the game too. It was sad having to wait until the 4th quarter to see some shotgun calls… which is more reason why I think Richt was calling plays in the last two quarters. Anyone have any word on what sparked our comeback in the 4th quarter? We went from flat to fire, despite the loss. Hopefully we can put these two games behind us and get back on the winning track against Mississippi State…

ugamom

September 21st, 2010
3:36 pm

Coach R and Lilly…would you all please let Bruce Figgins off of punishment…he already did his 6games suspension..I know you made promises to my son OC but he can’t do it all….we want to win

how

September 21st, 2010
3:40 pm

NYC Dawg CMR had the entire team huddled up at the start of the 4th quarter he lit that fire.

NYC Dawg

September 21st, 2010
3:40 pm

meant the last quarter, not the last two…

Pago Pago Dawg

September 21st, 2010
3:41 pm

This is not going to be an easy win people…

Pago Pago Dawg

September 21st, 2010
3:44 pm

Why weren’t the DAWGS “jacked up” at the beginning the game and not wait until the 4th qtr? Something is wrong…..

TheTaxJacket

September 21st, 2010
3:50 pm

Only a matter of time before Murray goes down with an injury the way he’s taking hits!!!!!

Glory, glory to the Jackets, their truth is marching on!

NOW THAT IS FUNNY

September 21st, 2010
3:52 pm

superDawg

September 21st, 2010
2:07 pm
Bobo out saturday nose picking injury.

wpww dawg

September 21st, 2010
3:53 pm

caleb hasn’t done a damn thing since he came to Athens… who cares if he plays!!!

Blackberry Cobbler

September 21st, 2010
3:57 pm

Having Caleb “Queen” back is no big deal. He and WaaWaa Easy are average, soft running backs anyway and apparently overrated– no YAC (yards after contact).

wpww dawg

September 21st, 2010
3:59 pm

well said Blackberry!

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Get with it Bobo

September 21st, 2010
4:16 pm

Great Danny Ware…I mean Caleb King is back to run 2 yards per carry again. But, given the other option, the fumbling, non-blocking Ealey, This may be good news. Now that I think of it, Ealey has played key roles in both of our losses, not as much as Booboo but still…What would happen if we had a decent running back.

Rick

September 21st, 2010
4:20 pm

I’ll give King 5 plays before he is hurt again. Once again this is a case of not evaluating talent. UGA should have went after Dwyer. King has not earned his scholarship at UGA. The problem at UGA is strength and conditioning. Once again this is a position where Richt has one of his buddies.

76-DAWG

September 21st, 2010
4:22 pm

Because we play in the SEC you will always have an issue with injury to the first team. That being a fact I am a 100% advocate of playing Freshmen as soon as they learn enough of the plays.If they are good enough they will leave after their junior year, anyway.So don’t lose a year when you could have gotten help from a player for three years like we did with Moreno. We red shirted him and then he only stayed 2 more years, when he had two more years eligibility.

5150 P.O.A.D.

September 21st, 2010
4:43 pm

Wolf1 you are not a NCSU fan or you would no the team is called the Wolfpack 1 work not 2.

5150 P.O.A.D.

September 21st, 2010
4:43 pm

SEC Football

September 21st, 2010
4:46 pm

If we lose this Saturday, Richt and his staffs has to go. I’m sure any coach that has 10 yrs in Athen can pretty much matched Richt’s record. Anyhow, Richt has lost his edge and just about any SEC team can or coaches can out coach him.