Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray, who didn’t practice Tuesday because of injuries suffered against Auburn, could return to work by the first practice of next week, coach Mark Richt said this afternoon.
“I’m very hopeful that by Monday he’ll get to do something — and hopefully everything by then,” Richt said. “It’s one thing to be able to drop back and throw the ball and another to be able to play in a real, live football game. We’ve tried all year not to get him hit in practice, so that will be the goal next week, too.”
Georgia’s next game, its regular-season finale, is Nov. 27 against Georgia Tech in Athens.
Murray suffered a bruised knee and a bruised sternum in last week’s loss to Auburn, during which he took several controversial hits from Tigers defensive tackle Nick Fairley.
With an open date on Saturday, Georgia has only one practice remaining this week, that on Thursday. Richt didn’t rule out Murray participating in that session, but it seems doubtful.
“It truly is day-to-day,” Richt said. “We’ll see how he feels tomorrow.”
Richt cautioned that practice conditions are quite different than game conditions for a quarterback.
“There is a difference between being able to practice the way we practice without the quarterback getting hit and actually being in the game,” Richt said. “My guess is he’ll be able to do some things practice-wise, but in the end will he be able to play?”
Richt told the Touchdown Club of Atlanta on Monday, “We think by game time he’ll be able to play.” Later Monday, Richt said on his radio call-in show, “There is no guarantee he will play in the game, but we’re thinking there’s a good chance he will.”