ATHENS – Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray remained sidelined from practice Thursday because of knee and sternum bruises suffered in Saturday’s game against Auburn.
Wearing sweatpants and a jersey, Murray was tossing a football on the sideline in the portion of practice open to the media.
Richt said later that Murray threw the ball “gingerly, or carefully” but had full range of motion and threw without pain. “He just can’t go quick yet,” Richt said.
Richt reiterated that he hopes Murray will be able to do “everything” at Georgia’s next practice, which is Monday. That “would give him and us more confidence he’ll be able to play” in the Nov. 27 regular-season finale against Georgia Tech, Richt said.
“He’s just not there yet,” Richt said. “He’s improving pretty rapidly.”
If Murray is unable to play against Tech, freshman Hutson Mason would start, Richt said. Quarterback-turned-receiver Logan Gray has gotten some snaps at quarterback in practice this week but “would be more of an emergency” QB, Richt said. Mason has played in three games.
Murray’s bruised sternum is a bigger issue than the knee at this point, Richt said. Georgia has an open date this week, and Murray will continue to get treatment through the weekend.