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Practice notes: Receiver still limited, another defensive back with apparent injury

Georgia receiver Terry Godwin (5) got in some practice time during the Bulldogs' practice on the Woodruff Practice Fields earlier this month.
Georgia receiver Terry Godwin (5) got in some practice time during the Bulldogs' practice on the Woodruff Practice Fields earlier this month.

Georgia receiver Terry Godwin remained limited during the portion of Thursday's practice open to reporters.

Still sporting a brace over his left knee, Godwin moved slower than usual during individual drills. But Godwin, one of the receivers with the Red team's first unit, is expected to play Saturday at G-Day, according to head coach Kirby Smart. Godwin is Georgia's leading returning receiver, having caught 38 passes for 639 yards and six touchdowns. He finished second behind Javon Wims in all of those categories.

Godwin is dealing with two injuries — a "slight" MCL injury and groin soreness.

"Terry’s been banged up a little bit, but we expect him to be able to go and to play," Smart said. "He’s pushing through. He’s been really tough about it."

Another injury to note is at a position that is dealing with a bunch of ailments.

Defensive back Ameer Speed was spotted wearing a club on his left hand. Smart said Speed is dealing with a fractured finger.

"He injured it in the last scrimmage but never said a word about it," Smart said. "He injured it early in the scrimmage and scrimmaged the whole time. He was really tough and competitive. Really proud of him. He played the whole scrimmage, and we had to put it in a cast after that for practice. He’ll be out there playing, and it will be a tough environment because he’s going to play against some throwing teams and he’s going to have a club on. I love his competitiveness, and we’re going to see if he can grow up and play."

Georgia's defensive backfield has dealt with a slew of injuries this spring, which includes rising sophomore Mark Webb. Webb was not at practice Thursday after tearing his meniscus two days ago. While Webb is out for Saturday's spring game, he avoided a much more serious knee injury and is expected to be ready for the fall.

"Mark had a torn meniscus, and he won’t be able to play in the spring game," Smart said. "He had it scoped (Thursday), and we’re expecting a full recovery. He should be back, but he won’t be at the spring game."

The defensive back group is also dealing with injuries to Divaad Wilson (ACL tear) and Jarvis Wilson (sprained knee). Wilson is unlikely to play Saturday.

Running back D'Andre Swift (groin) appeared to be doing more than he has been of late during individual drills. Swift has been injured throughout the spring, although his ailment has been of the nagging variety. Swift's status for G-Day has yet to be determined.

"He’s been able to do some things but hasn’t been able to do everything," Smart said. "He hasn’t been live tackling. He’s getting a lot of mental reps and things like that. He’s still kind of a game-time decision."

With Swift limited this spring, Elijah Holyfield has moved up the depth chart with his share of practice reps.

Smart previously said Brian Herrien has been "dinged" up some. Freshman early enrollee Zamir White, who tore his ACL during his senior year of high school, has yet to be cleared for contact.

Defensive lineman Michael Barnett (knee) was not at practice, making it highly unlikely he is able to participate Saturday..

On the offensive line, Kendall Baker has bounced around between guard and tackle throughout the spring. With G-Day on deck, Baker was back to playing left guard with the first team at practice.

Georgia welcomed a trio of standouts from last season's team at practice. Wims, Nick Chubb and Sony Michel were on hand to take in Georgia's final spring practice before G-Day.