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Practice notes: Reggie Carter (shoulder), Christian Payne (fibula) return to field

Jason Butt

jbutt@macon.com

Christian Payne, in an earlier practice, entered the preseason as Georgia's top fullback.
Christian Payne, in an earlier practice, entered the preseason as Georgia's top fullback.

Georgia linebacker Reggie Carter was present and participating during Tuesday's practice, marking the first time he's been available during the early part of the 2015 season.

Carter was dealing with a sore shoulder for a good chunk of the preseason and sat out of last Saturday's opening-day win over Louisiana-Monroe. Carter is listed as a co-starter at inside linebacker. Head coach Mark Richt said there's a good chance for Carter to play this week.

Fullback Christian Payne was also spotted on the field but with a heavy wrap around his left leg. Payne cracked his fibula during Georgia's first preseason scrimmage and was unavailable for the Louisiana-Monroe game. Payne entered the preseason listed as Georgia's starting fullback. However, on Tuesday's depth chart, Quayvon Hicks jumped ahead of him at the top spot.

Both Carter and Payne were wearing full-contact jerseys.

Kimbrough sporting club on hand

Inside linebacker Tim Kimbrough was present for practice and was participating in individual drills.

However, he had a large club on his left hand. It's unknown if the injury occurred during Saturday's win over Louisiana-Monroe or during Monday's practice.

Kimbrough posted five tackles and one sack in Georgia's first game of the season.

Floyd still with ILBs

Leonard Floyd was once again practicing with the inside linebackers, making it apparent this could his base position.

Floyd played most of Georgia's win over Louisiana-Monroe at inside linebacker. The previous two years he's been an outside linebacker, which he figures to line up plenty at this year. He also will probably see some snaps as a defensive end and at the star.

Eight receivers traveling?

Only 70 players will travel with the Bulldogs to this Saturday's game against Vanderbilt.

Scout-teamers aren't typically part of the group of 70. With that in mind, there were eight receivers in their regular jerseys, indicating a chance for that number to travel with the team.

Those receivers are Malcolm Mitchell, Isaiah McKenzie, Terry Godwin, Reggie Davis, Kenneth Towns, Michael Chigbu, Shakenneth Williams and Jayson Stanley.

On this list, Towns and Williams are the only ones not listed on Georgia's two-deep at the position.

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