Georgia guard Ben Cleveland has fractured fibula, won’t play against Vols

Georgia head coach Kirby Smart said offensive lineman Ben Cleveland will miss the Tennessee game Saturday due to a left fibula fracture.

“Not sure how long that'll be,” Smart said of how long the starter will be out. “He'll be on crutches for a week, and then he'll be back weight-bearing after that.”

The 6-foot-6, 335-pound sophomore left the win over Missouri in the second half with the leg injury. Cleveland has started at right guard in all four of the Bulldogs’ games this season.

Smart said that competition in practice this week will reveal who will take Cleveland’s place on the offensive line.

“We're going to evaluate that through two, three days of work,” the coach said. “To tell you who will be there, it will come out in competition. So we'll look to get our best five in, and to be honest, you've got to have seven or eight ready, just like we've had to play multiple guys in every game. ... So we'll have to have seven, eight guys ready.”

The Bulldogs host Tennessee at 3:30 p.m.

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