2006 Fall Camp: Day 18 News and Notes

ATHENS - Josh Kendall's news and notes from Georgia's final day of fall camp.

DELAYED RETURN: Defensive lineman Ray Gant missed a Friday morning appointment with the Bulldogs' doctors due to a travel problem. Gant has been in Arizona most of this week due to a death in the family. He was expected back late Thursday night but instead had to spend the night in Colorado, Richt said.

Gant entered the fall as a starter but has missed 15 of the team's 20 preseason practices due to a partially dislocated shoulder. He is expected to miss at least the Sept. 2 season-opener against Western Kentucky.

"We've got to see where his shoulder is," Richt said.

Gant has had shoulder problems in the past and didn't do enough rehabilitation work this summer to enter fall camp in good shape, defensive line coach Rodney Garner said.

"Ray's his biggest enemy," Garner said. "He's got to work, rehab. He's got to be held accountable, too. He's got to do what it takes to stay healthy."

Even once he returns, Gant will have to rehab daily the remainder of the season to keep himself strong enough to play, Garner said.

NO DEAL: Georgia games will not be broadcast on satellite radio this year, said Alan Thomas, the school's associate athletic director for external affairs.

Most SEC schools have their games carried on Sirius, a provider that signs contracts with individual schools. However, those school's deals run out at the end of this year and it appears the conference will sign a league-wide deal with XM to begin the 2007 season.

THE DOLDRUMS: Georgia practiced for just more than an hour Friday afternoon and will have another practice this morning. Then, mercifully for the players and coaches, the first game week will begin Monday.

Two-a-day practices "are kind of fast and furious and gone before you know it, and then you get in this two-week period before the game," Richt said. "It is a little monotonous. It's tough to stay focused, but they did a good job today."

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