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No. 2 Georgia (3-0) takes on Vanderbilt (1-2) this Saturday at noon in Nashville.
The Bulldogs have had a slew of injury problems since fall camp, but there is some good news for Georgia fans.
For the first time since week-one, star quarterback J.T. Daniels is not on our injury report. Daniels made his return versus South Carolina after dealing with an oblique injury that caused him to miss the UAB game and while he is still rehabbing on a daily basis, Daniels is cleared to go barring any setbacks.
Receiver Kearis Jackson looks to be almost 100% after recovering from a knee procedure in fall camp. The leading pass catcher from a year ago only returned punts versus Clemson and UAB but was back at receiver against South Carolina.
Smart updated the status of both tight end Darnell Washington and defensive back Tykee Smith in a press conference on Monday. Both stars have been running and cutting this week after recovering from foot surgeries over five weeks ago. Smart said the matchup with Vanderbilt was targeted for their return, so we may see both suit up versus the Commodores.
Receiver Dominick Blaylock is close to taking the field after working his way back from an ACL tear suffered last year. The redshirt sophomore has had a setback, though. Georgia coach Kirby Smart said Blaylock has ‘tweaked’ his hamstring, signaling it will be more time before we see him take the field.
On Thursday, we learned that reserve cornerback Jalen Kimber will miss the rest of the season after undergoing shoulder surgery. The redshirt freshman had been dealing with the labrum injury since fall camp.
Last week Georgia lost reserve inside linebacker Rian Davis to a quad injury suffered in practice. Davis underwent successful surgery and is expected to be out for the year.
Star wideout George Pickens is rehabbing an ACL tear suffered in the spring, but the media caught a glimpse of Pickens running and catching passes at practice this week. A possible return this season is looking more and more like a reality.
LSU transfer Arik Gilbert is still not with the team due to personal reasons.
Here’s an updated injury report for Saturday’s matchup.
WR Dominick Blaylock
Sep 21, 2019; Athens, GA, USA; Georgia Bulldogs wide receiver Dominick Blaylock (8) breaks a tackle by Notre Dame Fighting Irish safety Jalen Elliott (21) during the first half at Sanford Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports
QUESTIONABLE – KNEE, HAMSTRING
DB Tykee Smith
Nov 14, 2020; Morgantown, West Virginia, USA; West Virginia Mountaineers safety Tykee Smith (23) celebrates after defeating the TCU Horned Frogs at Mountaineer Field at Milan Puskar Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ben Queen-USA TODAY Sports
QUESTIONABLE – FOOT
TE Darnell Washington
Jan 1, 2021; Atlanta, GA, USA; Georgia Bulldogs tight end Darnell Washington (0) runs after a catch against the Cincinnati Bearcats in the first quarter of the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports
QUESTIONABLE – FOOT
WR Arik Gilbert
Jul 1, 2019; Frisco, TX, USA; Tight end Arik Gilbert participates in drills at The Opening at the Ford Center at The Star. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports
OUT – PERSONAL
WR George Pickens
Georgia Bulldogs wide receiver George Pickens (1) celebrates his game-tying touchdown reception in the first quarter of the Chick-fil-a Peach Bowl at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta on Friday, Jan. 1, 2021. The Bearcats led 14-10 at halftime.
Cincinnati Bearcats Vs Georgia Bulldogs Peach Bowl
OUT – KNEE
OG Tate Ratledge
Georgia quarterback J.T. Daniels (18) looks to throw the ball while guard Tate Ratledge (51) blocks defensive tackle Devonte Wyatt (95) during the Georgia G-Day spring football game in Athens, Ga., on Saturday, April 17, 2021. Joshua L. Jones, Athens Banner-Herald
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LB Rian Davis
Georgia linebacker Jamon Dumas-Johnson (10) celebrates after coming away with a pick 6 during the second half of an NCAA college football game between UAB and Georgia in Athens, Ga., on Sept 11, 2021. Georgia won 56-7. News Joshua L Jones
Georgia running back Zamir White (3) moves the ball past Georgia defensive back Jalen Kimber (6) during the Georgia G-Day Spring football game in Athens, Ga., on Saturday, April 17, 2021. (Photo/Joshua L. Jones, Athens Banner-Herald)
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OUT – SHOULDER
Former Georgia defensive end Ray Drew joins J.C. to talk his UGA career, big games in Sanford Stadium, his welcome to the SEC moment and more in a new episode of ‘UGA Football Live with J.C. Shelton‘. Listen here: