Friday practice and injury updates

semerson@macon.comAugust 9, 2013 

Tray Matthews (in green) sitting out drills on Friday. Josh Harvey-Clemons (25) is at far right.


ATHENS - Tray Matthews missed Friday morning's practice, adding a hamstring strain to his previous injury, a shoulder sprain.

But with three weeks and one day still to go until Georgia's opener at Clemson, there doesn't appear to be any concern yet about the status of the team's starting free safety.

Meanwhile, a couple more freshman were added to the already-extensive injury report:

- Tailback A.J. Turman missed practice with two injuries, a sprained knee and ankle. Turman is among the players competing to be the third-team tailback, behind Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall.

- Inside linebacker Tim Kimbrough missed practice with a sprained knee. Kimbrough has been getting second-team work.

There still isn't any indication that any players are in danger of missing the opener, other than two freshmen who were ruled out over the summer. Head coach Mark Richt isn't scheduled to speak to the media until Monday, while assistant coaches are available on Saturday.

Elsewhere on the injury front, freshman cornerback Shaq Wiggins, who had been limited with a groin strain, was back in a regular jersey. The three outside linebackers (Leonard Floyd, James DeLoach, Davin Bellamy) who required hand surgery earlier in the week were all at Friday's practice, albeit just running on the side.

Starting receiver Michael Bennett (hamstring) and reserve guard Greg Pyke (sprained ankle) practiced in a limited capacity.

Other players who weren't practicing: safety Corey Moore (knee sprain), tight end Jay Rome (ankle sprain), outside linebacker Chase Vasser (ankle sprain) and nose tackle Chris Mayes (concussion.)

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