Gurley looks doubtful to play against Missouri

semerson@macon.comOctober 8, 2013 

ATHENS - It looks increasingly like Georgia will have to play another week without its star tailback.

Todd Gurley will not practice on Tuesday, and unless his sprained ankle shows improvement later in the week, he will not be able to play against Missouri on Saturday.

"I would say at this point he's very doubtful," head coach Mark Richt said, then slightly backtracked. "We're not counting him out."

Richt said Gurley, who was ruled out the morning of the Tennessee game, has actually gotten better than trainers initially expected. The swelling in the ankle has not been bad, but it hasn't healed quick enough to practice.

“It’s one thing to be able to run straight, and it’s one thing to be able to change directions, but it’s another thing to be able to run the way he runs the ball when you start getting two and three guys trying to knock you back and you’re driving through people," Richt said. "You start adding all the resistance of that weight, and that becomes a problem, so we just want to make sure he’s really healthy before coming back.”

Freshman J.J. Green would start, with fellow freshman Brendan Douglas as the main backup. Sophomore Keith Marshall tore his ACL in Saturday's win at Tennessee.

Meanwhile, free safety Tray Matthews is also doubtful to play, according to Richt. Matthews will not practice on Tuesday because of the hamstring injury that caused him to miss the Tennessee game.

Punter Collin Barber is questionable, per Richt, after sustaining a concussion at Tennessee.

Receiver Michael Bennett will undergo knee surgery on Tuesday, at which time there could be a timetable for his return. Bennett has a meniscus tear.

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