Georgia Bulldogs linebacker Monty Rice (32) reacts on the sidelines during the first half of the SEC Football Championship at Mercedes-Benz Stadium, December 2, 2017, in Atlanta. Hyosub Shin /
Photo: Hyosub Shin
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Georgia tight end Jackson Harris, linebacker Monty Rice set to return against Tennessee

Georgia head coach Kirby Smart expects tight end Jackson Harris and linebacker Monty Rice to return for the Georgia-Tennessee game on Saturday.

Harris suffered a foot injury during camp which kept him from action at the beginning of this season, and Rice missed the Missouri game with an MCL injury. 

“Jackson Harris should be back this week,” Smart said. “Monty Rice is expected back. He practiced last week, but didn’t feel like he could go in the game. We’re hoping to get him back and he’s recovered.”

However, Georgia will be without offensive lineman Ben Cleveland due to a leg injury. 

“Ben Cleveland will be out with a left fibula fracture,” Smart said. “Not sure how long that will be. He’ll be on crutches for a week, and he’ll be back weight-bearing after that.”

Wide receiver Tyler Simmons left the Missouri game in the second quarter. Smart is “not sure” how long Simmons will be out due to a shoulder injury. 

“It may be one week, may be two weeks, it may be less, we don’t know,” Smart said. “We’ll see what he can do today.”

The Bulldogs host Tennessee Saturday at 3:30 p.m. on CBS. 

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