Weeks looks to be Done

ATHENS - It appears Georgia is moving closer to easing its scholarship crunch after sophomore offensive lineman Reggie Weeks said Tuesday he doesn't expect to play football again.

Reggie Weeks, a native of Smiths, Ala., just outside of Columbus, probably will take a medical disqualification due to a right knee injury. That will allow the Bulldogs to continue to pay for his school but not count him against the NCAA maximum of 85 scholarships.

"It's kind of in the air right now," Weeks said. "I've been through so much I'm deciding what I'm going to do right now. You want to be able to play with your kids."

Weeks missed the Capital One Bowl after having emergency surgery in Orlando, Fla., to treat a staph infection in his right knee. The infection formed at the site of an old injury that cut his senior season at Smiths Station High School to five games.

The infection is gone but has left permanent damage to the knee, Weeks said.

"It's softened up the bone some," he said.

After joining the Bulldogs in 2001, Weeks suffered a dislocated left knee that nearly forced doctors to amputate his leg. However, after two years of rehabilitation, he returned the field last year and provided depth at guard.

Weeks and the team's medical staff will make a final decision by the time spring practice starts March 20, he said.

"I'll be disappointed, but at the same time, I'm still going to graduate next year," he said. "I'll still get my education."

Weeks' departure would help the Bulldogs fit in more members of the 2004 signing class. Georgia signed 20 new players, despite not having that many scholarships. Weeks would join defensive end Preston Pannell and offensive lineman Tommy Gainous on the medical disqualification list.

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