ATHENS – Georgia tailback Washaun Ealey missed parts of Tuesday’s practice because of a minor knee injury but said he will play Saturday against Florida.
Ealey said the injury, suffered in the fourth quarter of last week’s victory at Kentucky, was diagnosed as a mild sprain of the medial collateral ligament (MCL) in his right knee.
“It’s really nothing,” Ealey said. “Basically, just a bruise.”
Although held out of some drills Tuesday, including the portion of practice when the No. 1 offense went against the No. 1 defense, Ealey participated when the offense worked against the scout-team defense, which was simulating Florida’s defense.
“It’s 100 percent,” Ealey said later. “I’ve been running on it. Just trying to get it from being stiff. Just trying to get it back to strength.”
“He’s going to be good to go,” offensive coordinator Mike Bobo said of Ealey. “It’s think it’s more a precautionary measure. [The knee] got a little stiff after the [Kentucky] game. He carried it 28 times, and it got a little sore on him, like anybody’s does when they carry it 28 times.”
Ealey ran 157 yards and a UGA-record five touchdowns in the game. He left the game briefly midway through the fourth quarter because of the knee.
“When it first happened, I was [afraid the injury was worse], but after I rolled around a couple of times and the pain was kind of settling down, I knew it wasn’t very bad,” he said.
He returned to the game to make his longest run of the night, a 41-yarder.
Ealey figures to get fewer carries against Florida because fellow tailback Caleb King will return from a two-game suspension. King was suspended by coach Mark Richt after being arrested for failing to appear at a court date regarding a speeding ticket.
“Caleb is rested up,” Bobo said, “and I think he’s itching to get back out there and pick up where he left off.”
King started in the last game before his suspension, but Ealey posted back-to-back 100-plus-yard games in King’s absence. Richt said Tuesday that he expects King and Ealey to share the carries against Florida. Richt said he doesn’t know which one will start.