Georgia Football Notebook 10/2
ATHENS -- Freshman wide receiver Sean Bailey, who appeared on the verge of making major contributions, will miss at least the next two games due a hamstring injury he suffered Wednesday.
"He won't play for a while," Coach Mark Richt announced Thursday.
Richt indicated the injury probably isn't season-ending. Bailey has played in four games, too many to qualify for a medical redshirt, and has three catches for 37 yards.
"It's a shame because the guy had just been practicing really well," Richt said. "We were really about to get him in position to make some plays for us."
Bailey injured himself making a catch on a long pass from David Greene. He accelerated to catch the ball and then pulled the hamstring while extending to catch the pass, Richt said.
"Made a beautiful catch," Richt said.
The Bulldogs have had a spat of hamstring injuries (wide receiver Fred Gibson and running back Paul Oliver have also missed games after pulling the muscle), and wide receiver Reggie Brown sat out Wednesday's practice with minor muscle pain in his legs. Georgia has had so many hamstring injuries that Richt has gone looking for a reason why, comparing this year's practice schedule with the last two years.
"We haven't done anymore than we normally do, maybe a little less," he said. "I don't know why we're having this issue right now."
Bailey's absence will be tempered somewhat by the return of receiver Mario Raley. The sophomore wasn't expected to play against Alabama due to a foot injury but showed up for Thursday's practice in a full-contact jersey and is now listed as probable.
INJURY UPDATE: Running back Tony Milton is healthy enough to take back his starting tailback spot, Richt said Thursday. Tyson Browning appears to be second on the team's depth chart at least until the health of Michael Cooper's left knee is determined.
"We may see a lot of rotation at tailback until somebody really stands out," Richt said.
Linebacker Tony Taylor (ankle) is "questionable to start, probable to play," Richt said. If Taylor doesn't start, Derrick White will take his place at weakside linebacker.
CROYLE BACK: Alabama quarterback Brodie Croyle returned to practice Thursday and took about 40 percent of the practice snaps, Alabama coach Mike Shula said. He still is considered questionable for the game. "I think we'll see Brodie," Richt said.
THIS AND THAT: Georgia will host one of its largest groups of recruits for this weekend's game. "We're expecting a lot of really, really great player, a bunch," Richt said. ... Defensive tackle Darrius Swain has moved far enough out of defensive line coach Rodney Garner's doghouse to play this week, Richt said. Swain didn't accompany the team to LSU two weeks ago. ... The Bulldogs have been ahead of schedule this week because they had an open date last weekend. As a result, they ran their normal light Thursday practice schedule twice this week, once on Wednesday and then again on Thursday. "Today was 'Groundhog Day,'" Richt said. "When you do two Thursday (practices) in a row you feel like Bill Murray."
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