ATHENS - Keith Marshall's hamstring has evidently improved a bit. The junior tailback was running on the side in his uniform and shoulder pads during Tuesday's spring practice, though he was not participating in the full practice, at least during the media viewing period.
Still, the fact he was in shoulder pads was a good sign. Marshall hurt the hamstring last week and missed Friday's practice and Saturday's scrimmage.
Marshall was one of nine players who were running on the lower field rather than practicing. The others included receiver Shakenneth Williams (hamstring), outside linebacker Davin Bellamy (hand), outside linebacker Leonard Floyd (shoulder) and defensive end Michael Barnett (shoulder). Floyd is not participating in spring practice after offseason surgery.
Williams and Hegedus could have a chance to return before spring practice is over. The receiver position is very thin at the moment, with only seven players available at Tuesday's practice. They did not include Blake Tibbs, who is out for the spring after a shoulder injury.
Sony Michel, the other injured tailback, was not among those running on the side. Michel hurt his shoulder last week and will "probably" be out the rest of spring, head coach Mark Richt said.
Georgia has two more weeks of spring practice, including another scrimmage on Saturday, and G-Day on April 11.
Fenteng out rest of spring
Junior cornerback Shattle Fenteng will miss the rest of spring practice after hurting his ribs, the team announced.
Fenteng suffered the injury early in Friday's practice, according to the team. He is expected to make a full recovery for preseason practice.
It's been a rough go at Georgia so far for Fenteng, a highly-touted junior college prospect when he enrolled last summer. He played in one game before taking a medical redshirt due to a shoulder injury.
Linebackers shift around
It was unclear whether it was an experiment or permanent, but a couple new linebackers traded places on Tuesday.
Junior college transfer Chuks Amaechi was working with the outside linebackers, while freshman early enrollee Natrez Patrick was with the inside linebackers. Patrick came in as an outside linebacker and Amaechi as an inside linebacker.
The coaches weren't available after Tuesday's practice - none other than Richt have met the media thus far this spring. Jordan Jenkins, the rising senior outside linebacker, said the first he heard about the switch was after team meetings before Tuesday's practice.
"I have no knowledge of whether it's for the day, or what's gonna happen with that switch," Jenkins said.