When preseason practice began in August, Reggie Carter was projected as a potential starting inside linebacker.
A shoulder injury, however, would sideline Carter for all except one game of the 2015 season. Carter ended up having season-ending surgery on his shoulder in October.
With it expected to be an open competition at inside linebacker this offseason, Carter could have a chance to work his way back into the mix this spring. Head coach Kirby Smart, however, said Carter isn’t full-go just yet.
"Somewhat," Smart said when asked if Carter will be available for spring practice. "He’ll be able to do most of the stuff we do. He’s not 100 percent."
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Carter isn't the only inside linebacker banged up for the spring. Roquan Smith will be unable to participate in practice due to a ligament injury in his left wrist which required surgery. With Smith out and Carter limited, most of the first-team inside linebacker reps could go to Tim Kimbrough and Natrez Patrick.
Since Carter only made an appearance in Georgia’s game against Vanderbilt, he should be eligible to apply for a medical redshirt if he wants one.
Smart said Carter is working toward a return to the field and appears pleased with his efforts thus far.
"Reggie’s doing well, he’s doing real well," Smart said. "He’s not 100 percent. But he’s close. He’s competing and working hard."