Sprained MCL limits Ealey in practice; says he’ll play vs. Gators

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.

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Vick=Dog killing Thug

October 26th, 2010
9:20 pm

Lets hope Caleb is rested and ready with a chip on his shoulder !

mike on lake hartwell

October 26th, 2010
9:23 pm

go dawgs. screw florida.

Finchdawg

October 26th, 2010
9:27 pm

Start Ealey. King should come in reserve. If we can get the running game going, I’d say shoot for a ratio of 2:1 in carries.

perk

October 26th, 2010
9:35 pm

Ealey has proven that the more carries he gets the better the train rolls. Looks like he has finally joined the “there is no ME in TEAM”.
RUN Waushaun RUN

SouthGA Dawg

October 26th, 2010
9:47 pm

The key to winning this game will come down to stoping FL on 3rd down. Plain and simple. Go Dawgs. Play up to their potential and we will win out. This team should be undefeated right now if coaching was better.

Dean Tate

October 26th, 2010
9:49 pm

Ealey, King, Thomas, Munzenmeier – Let ‘em all run. There will be plenty of yardage for everybody.

Go Dawgs!!!!

college is forever

October 26th, 2010
9:49 pm

http://www.collegelunchboxes.com Ealey will not miss this game this is why you come to UGA. Beating the Gators would be a the center piece to a other wise subpar season. Only nine weeks till Christmas check out the UGA classic tin lunchbox available at Kroger and online. Go Dawgs, beat those hated Gators!!

ugadawg88

October 26th, 2010
9:51 pm

http://www.pricezack.wordpress.com has a great preview of the uga vs florida game. it is a very interesting read for uga fans

Bull

October 26th, 2010
9:52 pm

Is Ealey a DOCTOR? Surely you would have a DOCTOR’s opinion in a headline regarding an mcl sprain.

SkullDawg

October 26th, 2010
9:57 pm

Let Ealey and King start with equal carries and compete on the field to see who gets the most carries in the second half. Gator Meat !

Kevin

October 26th, 2010
10:02 pm

@ Bull….uh, no Ealey is not a DOCTOR…but the knee is HIS knee….so im sure he knows if it quit hurting or not….its amazing that we humans are able to decipher pain and the severity of it….im sure you’ve done that before without visiting a DOCTOR…..idiot

shrimp dickerson

October 26th, 2010
10:06 pm

I got a hunch Bobo’s first play from scrimmage will be the fumblerooski…

friedyardbird

October 26th, 2010
10:07 pm

Ummm… Bull? Are you a journalist OR a doctor? Ever heard of medical privacy laws? No doctor is going to talk to the media about a patient’s medical condition. If the patient wants to talk about it, he will. It’s not the doc’s place to hold a press conference for your benefit.

Danielle

October 26th, 2010
10:09 pm

Ealey and King are like cancers destroying what little discipline this team has. Get rid of these punks.

jimmymack

October 26th, 2010
10:10 pm

easley run’s like a man with a misson.fla had a week off to prepare but, we had a week to show them ,if you stop the run we pass ,stop the pass we run a team that can adapt to any defense

Burp Bacharach

October 26th, 2010
10:11 pm

uga thugs run this state

Bull

October 26th, 2010
10:12 pm

@ Kevin….uh, yes it is his knee but this is the FLORIDA game…human nature says if his knee is hurting he would hide the serverity of it to avoid not playing in the big game… idiot. “It’s 100 percent,” Dr. 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.”
LOL, it is 100%, he is just trying to get it back to strength.

morganna

October 26th, 2010
10:17 pm

Jim

October 26th, 2010
10:17 pm

Most of the comments on this page are from idiots.

Bull

October 26th, 2010
10:18 pm

Is this newsworthy? What value comes from this medical opinion?

Kevin

October 26th, 2010
10:20 pm

@ bull….valid point on Ealey wanting to hide the pain…..i didnt think of that…i will retract my “idiot” comment…. :)

Just Wondering

October 26th, 2010
10:22 pm

Where have all the “Fire Richt” and “Fire Bobo” idiots gone?!?! It’s absolutely amazing how the tenor of the Luntatic Fringe, aka Bandwagon Dawg Fans, has so dramatically changed in the last 3 weeks. Winning cures— at least temporarily— everything but terminal disease.

But then again, this type of fan is not restricted to a certain segment of the Dawg Nation. They are found at every school. Just look at UGA’s opponent this Saturday.

Amazing. Ludicrous. Pathetic. Hysterical.

morganna

October 26th, 2010
10:23 pm

Fire Richt, Castrate Bobo

DAWG STUCK IN AUBURN

October 26th, 2010
10:26 pm

DOESN’T MATTER… CALEB WILL DO JUST FINE .. THE O-LINE HAS BEEN FIXED OPENING UP OUR RUNNING GAME AGAIN (WITH HELP FROM A.J OF COURSE)

wicky

October 26th, 2010
10:29 pm

Burp, Sucko.

Thumper

October 26th, 2010
10:30 pm

Danielle….it’s tech idiots like you who give the good tech people a bad rap. Now STFU little man and go to bed.

Bull

October 26th, 2010
10:30 pm

@ Kevin…i will retract as well. I didn’t point that out at first. Your reaction was understandable with out that point.

Can CMR deliver the NC

October 26th, 2010
10:32 pm

Where have all the “Fire Richt” and “Fire Bobo” idiots gone?!?!

Believe me, their still lurcking out there. Many out there still think CMR
ha taken us as far as he can.

Burp Bacharach

October 26th, 2010
10:35 pm

ugaly coeds have hairy teets….

Thumper

October 26th, 2010
10:35 pm

Just wonderin….you’re obviously not on here during a live game. The Richt bashing has stopped(except for some tech posers) but there’s several on here, myself incuded, that are still of the sentiment that bobo needs to gogo. There’s a chance he could redeem himself against Fla. But he would have to call dam near a perfect game.

[...] A big reason for our victory over Kentucky was because of Ealey. He actually scored a couple of touchdowns, ran hard, and most importantly he didn’t fumble, [...]

DAWG STUCK IN AUBURN

October 26th, 2010
10:41 pm

I’M WITH YOU THUMPER !!!!

jesus

October 26th, 2010
10:43 pm

repent now dawgs or spend eternity wearing white loafers in gator country…..

SEAN B

October 26th, 2010
10:49 pm

Hey CMR, WATCHT HE FL-Miss St tapes

afro

October 26th, 2010
10:53 pm

SEAN B RETARDED

SEAN B

October 26th, 2010
10:59 pm

Afro is speaking ebonics as expected. My point is the head coach at Miss State was on staff under Meyer and he did something right. Watch the tapes and understand the game plan that worked!

DAWG STUCK IN AUBURN

October 26th, 2010
11:01 pm

GOOD POINT SEAN B

SEAN B

October 26th, 2010
11:01 pm

we beat Tenn (who got beat easily by Bama), Vandy (should be in the ACC or aka Another Crappy Conference) and Kentucky (basketball teams draws more than football). Let CMR have one more chance to fire bobo and one more season with the recruits that he brought in and then let Boise State’s coach get sick of not going to big game after being undefeated and we have a new coach in 2012!

SEAN B

October 26th, 2010
11:04 pm

Dawg stuck in Auburn… I feel for ya! I went with a neighbor (Auburn alum) to watch auburn beat U.SC and got out of town as quick as possible. It was painful to be around so much excitement for that team knowing we just lost to Miss St. UGGGHHH I give you a lot of credit for being there :-)

DAWG STUCK IN AUBURN

October 26th, 2010
11:08 pm

IT’S ROUGH BRO… BUT CAN’T WAIT TILL OUR BOY’S COME TO TOWN !!!

Thomas

October 26th, 2010
11:20 pm

PICK U SELF UP,

Pick up the pace… take one for the rivalry….

Thomas

October 26th, 2010
11:24 pm

DAWG STUCK IN AUBURN

October 26th, 2010
11:24 pm

THESE AUBURN FANS ACT LIKE THEY FORGOT ABOUT US..THEY ONLY WORRY ABOUT BAMA…PROBABLY CUZ WE’VE GOT’EM THE PAST 4 YRS BUT CAN’T GIVE’EM HELL THIS YEAR YET

DAWG STUCK IN AUBURN

October 26th, 2010
11:26 pm

Hot Seat

October 26th, 2010
11:31 pm

I think this game is a must win for Richt. If we can’t put together a game plan to beat Florida while they are this bad, then what in the hell are we going to do when they are good as usual? I am tired of UGA going to Jacksonville every year and bending over and taking it straight the @ss from UF. They need to go out there and get over the mental factors and intimidation of the Gators. I am 23 years old so younger UGA fans as myself don’t remember UGA ever owning Florida. We were raised watching Steve Spurrier start an annual @sswhipping fest in Jacksonville of UGA. Lets turn this thing around UGA, we need to start winning this game on an consecutive basis.

Dan Mullen

October 26th, 2010
11:36 pm

Hum, I know how to beat Florida with mediocre talent. Can you guys imagine what I could do at thUGA? We would own UF every year.

Worm

October 26th, 2010
11:39 pm

how’s Justin Houston?

UGA2002

October 27th, 2010
12:30 am

Dawg stuck in Auburn. I’d get out of town before Nov 13th. I wouldn’t dare try and talk trash either if I were you. The fact we’ve beat them 4 years in a row doesn’t guarantee a 5th, they were under a first year coach last year and the others were a team in decline. I think people say Cam Newton won’t run on us… okay, puff puff pass. Cam can not only run on you but he can hand the ball off to the #1 RB recruit in the nation and/or pass it which he is very accurate with. If we couldn’t stop KU from converting 3rd downs how will we stop Auburn? If because we put 15 players on the field and actually stop their run, they’ll pass until they set the run back up. And this is a team gunning for a Heisman + NC, in that order. The only possible way to beat them is if they have a KU implosion in their own redzone which they’ve done earlier in the season but they still won the games. They just keep winning against teams that beat us.

Like I said, we had our fun but get the heck out of town and don’t talk trash.

UGA2002

October 27th, 2010
12:32 am

Not to mention that Fairley nose tackle that is killing QBs might have a field day with supposedly 6′1″ Murray and a O-line that doesn’t make any holes in real games.

UGA2002

October 27th, 2010
12:33 am

I meant UK not KU.