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Georgia injury updates on defensive linemen, Rashad Roundtree

Georgia defensive tackle Trenton Thompson goes through a drill at  practice.
Georgia defensive tackle Trenton Thompson goes through a drill at practice. Georgia Sports Communications

It appears the bye week did some good for Georgia's injury situation.

Defensive linemen Trenton Thompson and David Marshall were present for practice and participating with their position groups. Thompson was able to do so a week ago while Marshall needed to sit. During his Monday news conference, head coach Kirby Smart said both players would likely be able to play against Florida.

While Smart never disclosed Marshall's injury, Thompson was recovering from a sprained knee initially suffered against Tennessee.

"We think he'll be fine," Smart said. "He's cleared to go practice."

Smart also said Marshall was cleared to play during Saturday's game against Florida. Fellow defensive lineman DaQuan Hawkins-Muckle, however, is still battling back and wasn't present for the portion of Monday's practice open to reporters.

Both Marshall and Hawkins-Muckle were surprise non-participants during Georgia's win over Missouri due to injuries suffered during the week of practice.

Meanwhile, inside linebacker Reggie Carter (head) was practicing Monday, indicating he has a good shot to play against the Gators. Carter was also injured against Tennessee after colliding heads with an opponent and has missed the previous two games.

Carter could wind up starting next to Roquan Smith against Florida. Usual starter Natrez Patrick is expected to miss Saturday's game as he serves the third of a four-game suspension for a recent marijuana-related arrest. With both Patrick and Carter out the past two weeks, inside linebacker duties have fallen to Juwan Taylor and Monty Rice.

Receiver Terry Godwin, who injured his left ribs against Missouri, was practicing and didn't appear to be limited, which is a good sign for the Georgia offense. Receiver Jayson Stanley, who Smart has singled out as being a special teams standout, was not spotted at practice. Stanley has an apparent leg injury and was seen on the sidelines using crutches during the Missouri win.

Georgia defensive back Rashad Roundtree was at practice but only as a spectator. Roundtree has missed the entire season thus far after suffering a concussion during the preseason. Roundtree has yet to be cleared to return to the practice field.