Auburn Week: Monday News and Notes

ATHENS - Josh Kendall's news and notes from Georgia's fall practices.

BACK ON TOP: Tight end Martrez Milner regained his starting job after just one week. Milner was benched before the Kentucky game for dropping too many passes, but he played more in that game than starter Tripp Chandler and finished with a team-high four catches for 70 yards. He did drop one pass inside the Wildcats' 10-yard line.

"It feel great, but I'm pretty sure Tripp and myself will still split the resp 50-50," Milner said.

INJURY UPDATE: Offensive lineman Chester Adams returned to practice Monday wearing a green, non-contact jersey. Adams missed the Kentucky game due to an ankle injury, but he's probable for the Auburn game, Richt said.

"He knows how much we need him," Richt said.

Fullback Brannan Southerland was wearing a green jersey due to a neck injury, but he'll be ready to play, he said.

Quarterback Matthew Stafford isn't on the Bulldog injury list but his good looks are day-to-day after he suffered significant bruising on his face during the Kentucky game. Stafford has a large bruise on his forehead, a gash on his nose and a swollen upper lip after a first quarter play in which his helmet came off.

"I didn't even look at my face until after the game," he said. "I thought I just had a tiny scratch on my head. I looked in the mirror and was like, ‘Ugh.'"

Stafford looked so rough during the game that Richt tried to use it to motivate Georgia's offensive linemen, Stafford said.

"He came over and got me, and I was like, ‘Oh, no, what did I do now?'" Stafford said. "He took me over there and he's like, ‘Look what they did.'"

For Auburn, running back Kenny Irons told the Associated Press he will be ready to play against Georgia. Irons, who doesn't think he'll be at 100 percent, carried the ball just one time last week against Arkansas State.

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