Next week for UGA’s Marshall, next month for Michel

It’s going to be at least another week before Keith Marshall has any shot of playing again for Georgia and probably next month before the Bulldogs get anything else out of Sony Michel.

That’s the word from Georgia coach Mark Richt, who has been asked about the two tailbacks all week.

“Keith’s getting better, but probably not this week,” Richt said of Marshall coming back. “But he’s looked good just watching him run a little bit. When I say ‘good,’ I didn’t see him change direction. I just saw him run straight ahead. But he’s progressing, and I hope by next week, I hope. That’s just me being optimistic and all that. I’m not saying that’s going to happen, but I’m hoping he can be back next week.”

Marshall has been sidelined since injuring his right knee and ankle against Troy on Sept. 20. The ankle is the primary issue.

Richt confirmed on his radio call-in show earlier this week that Michel suffered a broken shoulder blade on a hit he took from Tennessee’s Brian Randolph on Sept. 27. Richt said he was advised it takes four to six weeks for a broken bone to heal.

That would put Michel on track to return for the Nov. 1 game against Florida in Jacksonville at the earliest.

Michel, a freshman from Plantation, Fla., is now the Bulldogs’ third-leading rusher by one yard behind Nick Chubb (223 yards). Sophomore Brendan Douglas is running third team and walkon Kyle Karempelis fourth as the Bulldogs prepare to travel to Missouri this weekend.

“The majority of the carries will be Chubb and (Todd) Gurley,” Richt said. “I don’t know how many snaps we’ll get, but I would say a good percentage of our plays will go to our tailbacks, over half.”

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