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Tim Kimbrough Suspended for Bowl Game

ATHENS - Georgia will be without one of its leading tacklers for the TaxSlayer Bowl.

Inside linebacker Tim Kimbrough is suspended for the game for “matters that have been handled internally," interim head coach Bryan McClendon said.

He couldn’t say for sure the length of Kimbrough’s suspension.

“Right now it’s just this game,” McClendon said after practice Monday. “Kind of just how I told him, anything beyond this game is up for coach (Kirby) Smart.”

Kimbrough is Georgia’s third leading tackler with 67 and is tied for third on the team in tackles for loss with 5 ½. Kimbrough hasn't been seen at practice, but visited paralyzed Southern player Devon Gales on Sunday, according to a photo that Gales tweeted out.

Freshman Natrez Patrick who stepped into a starting role when Kimbrough was injured for the Georgia Tech game “is the guy right now that’s up to take a bunch of those reps at that position,” McClendon said.

Patrick has 18 tackles, including four against Georgia Tech with one sack.

Another defensive player is also missing from practice for a reason other than injury.

Safety Johnathan Abram, a freshman from Columbia, Miss, has missed practices because he’s had “some family things to come up,” McClendon said. “We let him handle that.”

Abram has started four games and has 25 tackles.


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