ATHENS — Not quite two weeks after spraining his right ankle in a pickup soccer game on campus, Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray is off crutches, out of the walking boot, starting to do a little running and looking forward to the start of spring football practice.
“No more soccer,” Murray said Thursday. “No basketball, soccer, baseball, softball — none of that stuff. Just football from here on out.”
He said the ankle injury occurred “just going up for a header. Just came down wrong on it. Just rolled it a little bit.” The scariest part, he said, was the thought of telling coaches Mark Richt and Mike Bobo.
On the ground immediately after the injury, “I was, like, ‘Oh man, I don’t want to tell Coach Bobo,’” Murray said. “I was, like, ‘This is not going to be good.’”
But he said the ankle “didn’t hurt too bad, just swelled up a little bit, so I [thought] it was probably just a little sprain.” X-rays and an MRI confirmed that diagnosis.
Murray was amazed by the interest in the minor injury, which briefly sparked false rumors of a broken leg or ankle.
“I got out of the MRI and had about 50 text messages,” he said. “People from everywhere were texting me. . . . It got a little out of control with rumors.’”
Murray expects to be a full participant in spring practice, which starts next Thursday.
The injury did curtail his off-season throwing for a while. While in the walking boot, which he shed this week, Murray said he threw passes “on my knees or standing still — not really dropping back and throwing routes, just making sure my arm is in shape [and] ready to go.” But on Thursday evening, he was throwing conventionally to his receivers. He reported via Twitter: “To UGA defense … I’m backkkk! Time to throw some TDs in skelly tonight.”
Murray’s disavowal of soccer is his own choice, apparently. Richt said he has never had a rule against playing other sports or participating in various activities because “I want these guys to live their lives and enjoy it. It seems like no matter what you do, somebody can still stumble down the stairs and get hurt.”
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