"I worked my butt off this summer and came out here ready to play, so it's hard," Coates said. "I'm strong-minded so I won't have a problem. I just have to work hard and get back on the field."
Coates, who was listed as the third-string free safety coming into the fall, was injured in a non-contact drill during Monday's practice when he fell after changing direction.
GOOD DAY: One day after chiding his team, Richt raved about Tuesday's effort.
"I thought today was an awesome practice," he said. "I was fired up. Guys were focused and flying around, making plays on both sides of the ball."
He particularly singled out starting running back Thomas Brown, which is becoming a trend.
"Thomas Brown really looked special out there today," he said.