ATHENS — Georgia’s injury bug extended beyond Jacob Eason on Saturday, with one projected starter not able to go, and another one going down early in the game.
Cornerback Aaron Davis left Saturday’s game with an ongoing hamstring injury, while guard Solomon Kindley was held back with an ankle problem.
Davis, a three-year starter in the secondary, had moved to left cornerback to replace two-year starter Malkom Parrish, who went down with a foot injury three weeks ago. But Davis was dealing with a hamstring injury this week, and while he did start Saturday, he came out in the first half and didn’t return.
“It’s been bothering him, and it’s been tough all week, to be honest with you,” head coach Kirby Smart said. “It’s been a frustrating week in the secondary, because we’ve had a lot of guys dinged up. And Aaron’s one of those guys he tried to go. I think he’ll be well in the near future.”
Parrish was seen on the sideline in a walking boot and crutches, so it will take a quick recovery to be able to play at Notre Dame next week.
When Davis left the game, sophomore Tyrique McGhee replaced him, seeing his most extensive playing time at Georgia. Sophomore J.R. Reed was at the nickel back and freshman Richard LeCounte at safety in Georgia’s nickel defense.
Smart said he thought the secondary “made some mistakes” without Parrish and Davis, but also thought it played hard and physical.
“We’ve got a lot of improving to do in that area. And we’ve got to have more players that can play. We can’t make it through the year with four or five DBs. We’ve got to have seven or eight. And that’s just not where we are right now.”
Then there was the offensive line. Kindley, a redshirt freshman, had worked at first-team right guard since spring practice, and seemed fairly entrenched. But his ankle injury resulted in senior Dyshon Sims getting the start there, with junior Kendall Baker coming in too.
Kindley has been dealing with the ankle injury “for awhile,” according to Smart, who indicated it was more nagging than anything else.
“He probably could have played. But we didn’t know if he could have played his best,” Smart said. “Then it got to the point of the game where we didn’t feel like it was worth risking it even further, and give him some recovery, and some rest.”
Kindley did play on special teams, lining up on the place-kicking unit. But he did not get any offensive line snaps.
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