Josh Harvey-Clemons cleared to play

semerson@macon.comOctober 30, 2013 

ATHENS - Georgia's injury situation is headed in the right direction, while Florida's continues to go the wrong way.

Georgia safety Josh Harvey-Clemons is set to play on Saturday after practicing again on Wednesday. That's a pleasant surprise for the Bulldogs, who thought they might be without Harvey-Clemons, one of their key defensive players, who injured his foot two weeks ago at Vanderbilt.

"I think he'll play, I really do," head coach Mark Richt said after Wednesday's practice. "It's good. It's good for the defense, and I would think it's good for our special teams that he's on as well. But he looked pretty good. You could tell there was a little something there (with the foot), but it didn't look bad."

Freshman free safety Tray Matthews is also set to play for the first time since the LSU game. Matthews has missed the past three games with a hamstring injury.

Harvey-Clemons and Matthews have only been on the field together for three games, the wins over South Carolina, North Texas and LSU.

In fact, the only one defensive player who has seen the field much is in danger of missing Saturday's game: Junior defensive lineman Toby Johnson, who missed Wednesday's practice with a sprained ankle. Reserve inside linebacker Reggie Carter is also out for two-to-three weeks after surgery to repair knee cartilage.

Last week Georgia's injury report included 24 players, including 13 who had started at least one game. After Wednesday's practice it was down to 12 players, five of whom have started at least one game.

Star tailback Todd Gurley is not on the injury report at all. Richt said that Gurley would play against Florida "unless there was some wild setback."

"A couple guys had a conversation saying it was kind of nice to have the big guy back," Richt said. "Because if you know Todd, he's just a fun guy to be around. He'll be in the huddle, he'll be cutting up a little bit, keeping things loose. I think they might have missed that - not as much as his ability to run the ball, but they missed that part of him too."

Florida, meanwhile, lost yet another starter to injury this week: Left tackle D.J. Humphrey was ruled out for Saturday's game after a knee injury. That makes eight starters out for the Gators.

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