Injuries taking toll on Georgia

ATHENS -- Defensive tackle Kedric Golston's season is over due to injury, and the same is probably true for backup quarterback D.J. Shockley, Coach Mark Richt indicated Thursday.

Kedric Golston, who could return for a bowl game at the earliest, broke his right shoulder blade during Wednesday's practice, an X-ray revealed. He is the third defensive starter the No. 4 Bulldogs have lost for the season.

"It's going to be a good while, no time soon," Richt said.

D.J. Shockley and his parents are still deciding whether the sophomore should have season-ending knee surgery to repair cartilage damage, said Ron Courson, Georgia's director of sports medicine. Shockley injured his knee during last weeks win over Tennessee. A piece of hard cartilage that normally protects an end of bone has chipped off, Richt said.

"Something will have to be done sooner or later," said Richt, who confirmed that surgery would be season-ending.

Shockley's parents were in town Thursday to meet with Courson, and a decision is expected to be announced today. Shockley definitely won't play against Vanderbilt.

Golston and Shockley are expected to make 100 percent recoveries from their injuries, Richt said.

Ken Veal will join Gerald Anderson on the interior of Georgia's defensive line to replace Golston, who has started all six games this year and 15 tackles and six quarterback pressures. Also, Ray Gant has been moved from defensive end back to defensive tackle to provide depth, Richt said.

Also, Richt said Thursday, wide receivers Fred Gibson (knee) and Michael Johnson (shoulder) won't make the trip to Nashville, Tenn., due to injuries.

The only good news on the injury front Thursday came when Richt announced that defensive end David Pollack will play against the Commodores. Pollack hasn't practiced all week due to turf toe, but he dressed out for Thursdays practice and wanted to go, Richt said.

"He could have but we didn't want him to irritate it," Richt said. "He's going to play."

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