Richt: Murray is expected to play vs. Tech despite knee, chest injuries

Georgia’s open date comes at a good time for quarterback Aaron Murray.

Murray might miss some practice time this week because of knee and chest injuries but is expected to play in the Bulldogs’ next game Nov. 27 against Georgia Tech, coach Mark Richt told the Touchdown Club of Atlanta on Monday.

“He’s beat up pretty good, actually,” Richt said in a speaking engagement that was streamed on the Internet.

Richt said “luckily there is no structural damage” to Murray’s left knee, which took a shot from Auburn defensive tackle Nick Fairley’s helmet late in Saturday’s game.

“It was more just a blow to the knee, to the bone, and it’s bruised up pretty good,” Richt said. “I think he’s going to be fine.”

Richt said Murray also suffered “a pretty deep bruise in his chest” against Auburn.

Officially, Georgia director of sports medicine Ron Courson lists Murray as “day-to-day” with knee and sternum bruises.

Georgia will hold its first practice of the week Tuesday, and Richt was uncertain whether Murray will participate.

“We’ll see how he handles it, if he’s able to throw the ball,” Richt said. “We think by game time he’ll be able to play, but right now practice is day-to-day.”

UPDATE: Asked about Murray’s status on his radio call-in show Monday night, Richt put it this way: “There is no guarantee he will play in the game, but we’re thinking there’s a good chance he will.” Richt said the bruised sternum “is probably bothering [Murray] the most right now.”

Both Saturday night and Sunday, Richt declined to comment about Fairley’s hits on Murray in Auburn’s 49-31 victory. But the coach did make a fleeting reference to the issue in his remarks to the Touchdown Club.

“I thought offensively we blocked No. 90 [Fairley] pretty good most of the game,” Richt said. “There were some times he did get free. Sometimes he got free a little bit late, but he did get free.”

Murray, a redshirt freshman, has 2,580 yards passing this season — the third most all-time for an SEC freshman. He has thrown 21 touchdown passes and six interceptions — “a tremendous ratio for any quarterback, even if you’re a veteran,” Richt said.

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Georgia’s A.J. Green was named Monday as one of 10 semifinalists for the Biletnikoff Award, which goes to college football’s top receiver each year. The field will be reduced to three finalists on Nov. 22 and the winner named on Dec. 9.

Green has 41 catches for 674 yards and nine touchdowns this season despite missing the first four games while on NCAA suspension for selling his Independence Bowl jersey for $1,000. He had nine catches for 164 yards and two touchdowns against Auburn.

544 comments Add your comment

jimmymack

November 15th, 2010
1:27 pm

great suspend fairly

juvenal

November 15th, 2010
1:27 pm

glad he’s ok……

Hankie Aron

November 15th, 2010
1:27 pm

Fairley will get his just due

B

November 15th, 2010
1:27 pm

Fairley deserves to have his knee caved in.

SweatDawg

November 15th, 2010
1:29 pm

Bama will go after him, chop block time!

Dawgnation 2010

November 15th, 2010
1:29 pm

It is great to see that Murray is going to be ok, and will be able to play against Tech.

59bulldawg

November 15th, 2010
1:30 pm

Glad he’s ok too! He’s the only bright spot this year! Glad he’s a Dawg!

Dawgnation 2010

November 15th, 2010
1:30 pm

It is great to see that Murray is going to be ok, and will be able to play against Tech. Go Dawgs.

Sanford Drive

November 15th, 2010
1:31 pm

For the first time since i can remember, I will be STRONGLY pulling for Bama in the Iron Bowl.

I think rationally. I am in NO WAY proud of our players for retaliating against Fairley, or leaving the bench during the “braw” (for lack of better term). I hope Richt handles those players accordingly this week during practice.

If theis were the NFL, Fairley would have to borrow a LOT of money from Cam Netwon’s daddy in order to pay the massive fines he would have mounted up this game.

12 days til Clean, Old Fashioned HATE!!!!!

kevin

November 15th, 2010
1:31 pm

In an utterly disappointing season, Murray, in every way, has demonstrated he is a great QB. 3 more years!

Fairley should have been ejected for the spear to the back.

sogadog

November 15th, 2010
1:33 pm

ROLL TIDE! SIC EM CHICKENS!

reebok

November 15th, 2010
1:34 pm

He’s day-to-day. We’re all day-to-day.

huckhound

November 15th, 2010
1:35 pm

Fairley should be prosecuted for spearing Aaron in the back with his helmet. the SEC official justly threw a flag but should have ejected Fairley. That would’ve saved the intentional hit on the knee. But the hit in the back, intentionally has hard as Fairley could make it, could have put a young man in a wheel chair for the rest of his life, let alone ruin a promising football career that has just begun. Such blatant and intentional harm inflicted upon someone like was done in this instance is a crime. Fairley is a criminal. The nice family relationship between Georgia and Auburn is over.

Sanford Drive

November 15th, 2010
1:36 pm

I amone Dawg fan, who is excited for 2012 and 2013, when we can look back and think,

“man this Murray kid has come so far from his Freshman days. He sure is a damn good dawg!”

Strategy

November 15th, 2010
1:38 pm

Murray needs to have a chat with his offensive line.

First – they need to STOP the defenders rushing in.
Second – they need to NOT block the defender into him.
Third – they need to do MORE chop-blocking to keep the defense out!

59bulldawg

November 15th, 2010
1:39 pm

Huck . . . yeah that’s the hit that stands out in my mind. I really hope Bama has something special planned for Mr. Fairley. And I hope it hurts like hell!

reebok

November 15th, 2010
1:40 pm

Tech fan here. I’m glad your QB wasn’t seriously injured. That shot he took in the back from Fairly was vicious and highly illegal.

Andy

November 15th, 2010
1:40 pm

I hope Auburn enjoys its victories while it can. Karma will probably catch up with them soon. I normally support SEC teams in the bowl games but I will make an exception for Auburn this season: I hope someone spoils their whited sepulchre of a season.

Jesse Stone

November 15th, 2010
1:40 pm

Tech fan here. Glad Murray is OK

HSV Tiger

November 15th, 2010
1:40 pm

As an Auburn fan, I agree that the Fairley tackle to the back was way too much and too late. Not sure any ref would eject for a first time hit like that though. I have seen Fairley make several hits this year that were very aggressive, but none late like that hit in the back. As far as the knee hit, he was blocked into the QB, so no fault there. I agree that both teams lost it at the end which is unfortunate.

MURPHY

November 15th, 2010
1:41 pm

Sanford Drive,

I will be more excited if all our Juniors stay for their Senior season. AJ especially.

MURPHY

November 15th, 2010
1:42 pm

Bama will beat AU-If not Carolina will.

Get real

November 15th, 2010
1:42 pm

The officials were closely watching Fairley and only threw one flag on him. The other moves (while aggressive) were legal by college rules and UGA players do the EXACT same thing (when they can get close enough to the quarterback). Fairley is up for awards as one of the top 4 linement in the country – the experts see how he does it great AND LEGALLY.

UGA offensive line was chop-blocking Fairley all game (the dirtiest move in football – ask any player) and showing no class. huckhound – that’s wayyyy worse than the shot (uncalled for) in Murray’s back.

How about growing a pair and teaching your own guys how to play, then you wouldn’t have to worry about a great player sacking your QB.

UGA crying is pathetic. Seriously, grow a pair.

HSV Tiger

November 15th, 2010
1:43 pm

Also, The AU coaches are classy and I really hope they have a long hard chat with Fairley about cheap shots. Agree with Huck above except that the knee hit was not intentional.

dawg

November 15th, 2010
1:43 pm

I just watched a slowed down replay of the helmet to the back of Murray….just a plain cheap shot…..you know his stock may go down for the NFL….but it is time for the SEC to step in…Worst officaited game from this point…lost control…

TrishaDishaWarEagle

November 15th, 2010
1:44 pm

Fairley was penalized on the late hit, and driving the Qb is NOT a penalty in the NCAA, only in the NFL. Play to the flag and play to the whistle and play to the rule book. This is football, not cotillion.

Whine Whine Whine..UGA fans sound like Obama.

doggit

November 15th, 2010
1:44 pm

You stay classy Auburn

get real?

November 15th, 2010
1:45 pm

I’ve been chop blocked—I’d take that easily before getting blindsided from behind after releasing the ball–or a helmet spear to the knee.

Mike Wilson

November 15th, 2010
1:45 pm

Fairley is a jerk and there is not excuse for intentionally hitting someone in the back after the whistle. If you agree join the facebook group “SUSPEND NICK FAIRLEY” Go Dawgs and beat Tech!

MURPHY

November 15th, 2010
1:46 pm

TDWEagle,

Carefull-You and your teams day is comming-Maybe alot of CROW to eat.

gomdawg

November 15th, 2010
1:46 pm

AUBURN 10-3 LOSE ALABAMA, S.CAROLINA AND BOWL GAME.

What's a d a w g?

November 15th, 2010
1:48 pm

I don’t know Mike Wilson and he doesn’t know Nick Fairly, but I think Mike is a jerk and he might be a pansy.

TrishaDishaWarEagle

November 15th, 2010
1:48 pm

Murphy, when someone beats AU, I will congratulate them..when the losers whine, I make fun of them and rub it in..thats sports!

HSV Tiger

November 15th, 2010
1:48 pm

dawg, you are wearing red and black colored glasses…Fairley was going down and blocked that way. No one is good enough to control how they are blocked and how they fall. Now you are whining….

TrishaDishaTrailerparkWareagle

November 15th, 2010
1:48 pm

Sad thing in–Richt should have let the dogs out–that is the only way to take care of BS like the late hits.–end of story–But he is not that kind of coach–What would Erk Russell have done?–think about it

Pup Fan

November 15th, 2010
1:49 pm

@Get real,
Come see me….and i’ll show you a pair, son. Enjoy PROBATION!

TRUE Auburn Fan

November 15th, 2010
1:49 pm

Murray will be a great QB. Fairley will do very well in the NFL. The hit from behind was not what I would like to see happen either way. It was indeed a foul. The injury that Murray sustained was the O-lineman’s fault. Period!!! He got beat and Fairley was pushed into him. The retaliation towards Fairley was Busch league, as well as the punches thrown by the Auburn boys. Quit whining take your lumps and move on. You guys were outplayed and there is nothing that can be said about it. BTW, I will be glad AJ is going to play with the big boys on Sundays. Carry on! WDE!!!!

Patrick

November 15th, 2010
1:49 pm

No, driving the QB is not a penalty in the NCAA, but late hits are. The hit to the back was far from the only late hit on Murray. Go back to your barn Trisha…

**Karma** Enjoy the next five years of recruiting with less scholarships than your SEC competition. It should be really easy to get kids to commit to a school that can’t participate in bowl games.

Get real

November 15th, 2010
1:49 pm

@ get real? – obviously you’ve never played football. Chop-blocking ENDS CAREERS because it blows out knees.

You’re just a pathetic couch-potatoe cry-baby liar.

What's a d a w g?

November 15th, 2010
1:49 pm

Whine, whine, whine. UGA fans sound like Dubya. It’s hard…waa, waa, waa!

TrishaTrailerparkWareagle

November 15th, 2010
1:50 pm

What would Erk have done?
WWED —Hmmm, I see a new bumper sticker idea.

Taco

November 15th, 2010
1:50 pm

No crying football. Stop whining, UGA is as dirty as they come and always has been. The $hit sandwich doesn’t taste good when someone makes you eat it yourself. I hope Tech plays with the mean spirit Auburn had and at least punishes some boys with hits. Let the ref make the calls if they have a problem. UGA has more talent than even Auburn but they are gutless this year. No killer instinct. Tech is horrible as well.

Harold

November 15th, 2010
1:50 pm

Hey Patrick, the shot to the back WAS THE ONLY LATE HIT ON MURRAY. Why don’t you go check the tapes.

Less scholarships? Hardly. No fact, no proof, just idiots like you spreading rumors.

Your team sucks. Just admit it and move on.

HSV Tiger

November 15th, 2010
1:51 pm

Nice Pup Fan. Grow up and become a Dawg Fan….geesh, you guys are pitiful….

UGA VIIVXIILVIX

November 15th, 2010
1:52 pm

waaaaa waaaaaaa

MURPHY

November 15th, 2010
1:52 pm

TDWEagle,

Yes I agree it is football-not for whiners. AU will beat themselves-not on the field but in the Cam Gate issue. It’s comming-cant avoid it.

Get Weenie--

November 15th, 2010
1:52 pm

Yes Get real— I have played–4 year starter–I know a little about the game–not what I hear from sensationalist tv announcers–This would have been handled –and ended by myself or the rest of my defensive line.

yelloweasterbunny

November 15th, 2010
1:52 pm

What Fairly did was inexcusable! All I can say is, there was a lot of “shouldn’t have happeneds” out there. It is strange that it showed up during this game and not the others. The Bulldogs AND the Tigers did some questionable things. The referees and the coaches let this volatile situation get out of hand. They are all to blame for what went on Saturday. Fairly is a very aggressive player but if you watch the film, you will see Auburn players being chopblocked several times other than the one time Georgia was penalized. That also can cause permanent injuries. There was all kinds of things(on both sides) that the refs should have stopped! At this point I think both sides needs to stop and take blame for the chaos and thank God that there was not more young men injured on Saturday.

Concerned

November 15th, 2010
1:53 pm

As a Georgia fan, Richt bears some responsibility for Murray’s injury. Down 18 with under 3 minutes, the game is over. Run it up the middle, don’t get anyone hurt, and go home. Everyone could see what was going on as the cheap shots, the atmosphere, and intensity level were all rising. Run the ball and no one gets hurt, Use some common sense.

Get Weenie--

November 15th, 2010
1:53 pm

But again–this was as long time ago–when players did not ask for CASH