No Contact for Dawgs

ATHENS -- Enough, apparently, is enough. Georgia, which has lost seven players for the season and seen 22 miss at least one game due to injury, called off the contact at practice this week. For the first time all season, and the first time several players can remember, Tuesday's practice featured no full-speed drills.

"I'm a little bit concerned about the team," Coach Mark Richt said. "We're trying to find ways to get their legs back, but they're still a little rough. Hopefully by the end of the week, we'll find a way to have them back."

Normally, Tuesdays are the toughest day of the week for the Bulldogs, but this Tuesday Georgia wore only slimmed down shoulder pads called spider pads and didn't do any full contact drills. Richt told the team at the beginning of the week not to expect any full speed action this week, guard Bartley Miller said. The news was welcomed by Georgia's players.

"It was kind of a 'Thank You.' It's just a relief," said offensive lineman Josh Brock, who missed the UAB game due to a shoulder injury. "I think that will be a good thing. It's going to help us go into this game fresh."

Former Georgia quarterback Buck Belue said Tuesdays were called "Bloody Tuesday" when he played for the Bulldogs 20 years ago. Miller said it was the first time in his two seasons he could remember no contact on a Tuesday.

"But this is the most beat up we've been since I've been here, too," he said. "I think we need it, and I don't think it'll get our focus off the game."

Brock and Miller (shoulder) are two of several Bulldogs who can use a light week. Wide receiver Fred Gibson (knee), fullback Jeremy Thomas (concussion), defensive lineman Ray Gant (leg) and offensive lineman Ryan Schnetzer (ankle) are also trying to mend in time for No. 4 Georgia's game against No. 23 Florida on Saturday.

Wide receivers coach John Eason said Gibson practiced Tuesday and "looked good." Gant and Miller both said after Tuesday's practice that they expect to play.

Fullback Jamario Smith of Forsyth won't play due to a bulging disc in his back, Richt said. Smith said Monday he hoped to play. Reserve tight end Robert Brannon was added to the injury list Tuesday as he sat out due to a sprained right Achilles tendon. He said he could be back at practice today and expects to play Saturday.

"For a team that is 7-1 and ranked where we're ranked we feel like a team with our backs against the wall, and, in a lot of ways, it is," Richt said.

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