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Posted: 7:32 p.m. Monday, Nov. 4, 2013

UGA practice update: Gurley goes, Lynch and Conley don't 

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By Chip Towers

ATHENS -- Just a quick update from Georgia's short practice Monday night at Woodruff Practice Fields.

Todd Gurley practiced. As hard as they might be to fathom, that apparently was the case. The practice was closed to the media and Gurley was not made available for post-practice interviews. But backfield mate Brendan Douglas said Gurley practiced like normal.

There is, of course, some question how much Gurley might play this coming Saturday. The sophomore had 187 yards total offense -- including 100 rushing on 17 carries -- and scored two touchdowns in this past Saturday's 23-20 win over Florida. But he was out the previous four weeks with an ankle injury, became nauseated and had to leave for almost a quarter and walked off the field at the end limping noticeably.

"We're ready to go, me and J.J. (Green)," Douglas said. "You've got to be ready to go and the coaches have done of good job of getting us ready and not to be nervous or scared. If Todd's hurting or his ankle's hurting, we've got to be ready to roll."

Notably abssent from Monday's workout were tight end Arthur Lynch and wide receiver Chris Conley. Lynch suffered a rib contusion in the first half against the Gators. Conley missed the Florida game with an ankle injury he incurred on the last play against Vanderbilt on Oct. 19. Coach Mark Richt said Sunday he doesn't expect Conley to practice and was skeptical about his availability this Saturday.

Linebacker Reggie Carter (knee) and defensive lineman Toby Johnson (ankle) also remained sideline.

The Bulldogs practiced for about an hour under the lights at the football complex on Monday. The focus was going over the mistakes made in the Florida game.

Richt also named the captains for Saturday's game against Appalachian State (12:20 p.m., WSB-TV). They are center David Andrews and receiver Michael Bennett on offense, nose guard Garrison Smith on defense, and fullback Corey Campbell on special teams.

"I thought the guys did a great job of putting that game behind them today," Richt said. "It was an emotional win for us, but we can't afford to think about it or celebrate it too much. Appalachian State deserves all our attention and focus this week. We're expecting a real challenge from them on Saturday."

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