Paul Johnson gives hopeful injury updates on P.J. Davis, Dedrick Mills

Georgia Tech linebacker P.J. Davis (40) celebrates in the first half at Bobby Dodd Stadium on Saturday, September 10, 2016. HYOSUB SHIN / HSHIN@AJC.COM

Georgia Tech linebacker P.J. Davis is expected to return for the Yellow Jackets’ game next Saturday against North Carolina, coach Paul Johnson said following the Jackets’ win over Duke.

Davis, who was Tech’s leading tackler in 2014 and 2015, missed the Georgia Southern and Duke games with a hamstring injury suffered against Pittsburgh Oct. 8.

“We’re hopeful that he’s going to play this week,” Johnson said.

Without Davis, defensive coordinator Ted Roof gave more playing time to Terrell Lewis, who had eight tackles, including a tackle for loss on a fourth-down play in the second quarter.

Johnson also said that he thought B-back Dedrick Mills would return. Mills, Tech’s leading rusher, missed Saturday’s game after suffering a concussion in practice this past week, according to a report during Tech’s pregame radio broadcast.

Johnson did not have an update on A-back J.J. Green, who suffered a right leg injury returning a kickoff in the third quarter. Green was helped off the field and went straight into the tunnel and did not put any pressure on his right leg.

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