Career at Georgia over for Curry

ATHENS -- Senior safety Kentrell Curry has played his last game for Georgia, Coach Mark Richt announced Tuesday.

Kentrell Curry, a preseason All-SEC selection, missed the first three games of the season due to what was thought to be a stress fracture in his right leg. He played briefly last week in the No. 12 Bulldogs' 17-10 loss to LSU but subsequent testing revealed he has a calcium deposit between the two main bones in his lower leg. The calcium deposit is fractured and will have to be removed surgically, Mark Richt said.

"He should be full speed by January," Richt said. "It's hard for him and for us, but I think he's got a positive attitude about his future."

The 6-foot-1, 198-pound Curry was rated by The Sporting News as the nation's fifth-best strong safety and was expected to be a high NFL Draft Pick this spring. It's unclear how much this injury might affect his NFL status. Curry was not available for comment.

"He's expecting a 100 percent recovery but not in time to play (at Georgia)," Richt said.

Curry is not eligible for a medical redshirt, Richt said.

"It's devastating losing a leader like him," cornerback Bruce Thornton said.

Curry didn't record a tackle this season. He had 69 last year while leading the Bulldogs with four interceptions.

Thomas Davis was moved from starting linebacker in the preseason to fill Curry's position and was expected to move back to linebacker as soon as Curry was healthy. This latest news means Davis will remain at safety for the rest of the season.

"I'm all right with it," Davis said. "I'm not really disappointed. I've been able to make a real big contribution to the team at safety, and, hopefully I can continue to do so."

Davis leads the Bulldogs with 45 tackles, including three for loss, a sack and three quarterback pressures. Davis might soon get some help at the position, Richt said.

Backup safety Greg Blue, who has missed the first four games of the season due to a sprained MCL, returned to practice Tuesday.

"He did really well and felt real good," Richt said. "That was one of the bright spots of the day."

Curry is the second defensive starter Georgia has lost for the season. End Will Thompson of Northside High School in Warner Robins dislocated his ankle in the preseason and won't return until next year.

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