ATHENS - This may be a bit inside baseball, or football, but it's welcome news for reporters: UGA will now be issuing a daily injury report.
The policy, revealed Monday, will be similar to what the NFL has for years required of its teams. Head athletic trainer Ron Courson will provide a daily report to on-site beat writers on any players that have injury issues. In the past, any injury updates have come from coaches, who often don't know the exact injury or how long a player will be out.
(Sometimes the trainers have a chance to give a coach extensive information, other times they only have a chance to tell the coach that a player can't practice that day. So a coach, trying to answer a question about an injury as honestly as he could, would be a bit off on the nature or severity of the injury.)
UGA spokesman Claude Felton said the policy "will make injury information much more complete and accurate each day."
Richt said the new policy was discussed in the offseason, and he supports it.
"It wasn't my idea. It wasn't my brainstorm. But I'm part of the team," Richt said. "I think it's just to give you guys exactly what we want to give you. ... I think in football injury reports are important. People want to know what's going on. You've got family members that you want to consider when you throw stuff out there."
The new policy is a stark contrast with some other programs, notably Dan Mullen at Mississippi State, as this YouTube video will show.
So without further ado, here's today's injury report, thanks to info provided by Courson:
- Starting DE Abry Jones is out with a left knee contusion. (It doesn't sound like anything serious.)
- Backup DE Ray Drew is out with a concussion.
- Starting guard Chris Burnette was out a second straight day with an illness and should be back Tuesday.
- Backuup S Mark Deas is day-to-day with a right hamstring strain.
- Walk-on offensive lineman/tight end Hugh Williams is out for 10-14 days after a left hand third metacarpal fracture. He had outpatient surgery today at St. Mary's Hospital.
- Walk-on receiver C.J. Wyatt was also sick and is probable to return to practice on Wednesday.