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Foster recovering faster than expected

Georgia senior offensive tackle George Foster of Macon may be able to return from his broken wrist much sooner than expected. Foster, a projected starter before the injury, will have the pins removed from his right wrist on Wednesday in Atlanta.

ATHENS, Ga. - Georgia senior offensive tackle George Foster of Macon may be able to return from his broken wrist much sooner than expected. 

Foster, a projected starter before the injury, will have the pins removed from his right wrist on Wednesday in Atlanta. If range-of-motion tests show the wrist to be healing properly and he is able to go through limited practice with no difficulty, he could be given the full clearance to return within two or three weeks. Foster said Monday that the Oct. 12 game against Tennessee is a possibility. 

When Foster suffered the injury, he was told to shoot for the Nov. 2 game against Florida.  "If everything looks good in the next couple of weeks or so, it will be way before Florida,'' Foster said Monday.  "I just want to come back when it is in the best interests for me long-term and in the best interests of the team.''  

Foster had his surgery on Aug. 4 and already has completed a month of running and conditioning work.  "I'm pretty much going through the summer workout so when I come back I can just come out the blocks and not miss a step,'' he said. "I'll have fresh legs. I'll pretty much be running like a deer.'' 

  • Surgery for Shockley:  Quarterback D.J. Shockley will have surgery today to repair the broken bone in his left foot. He suffered the injury in Saturday's game at South Carolina.  X-rays in Columbia revealed the fracture of the fifth metatarsal bone. Further tests in Athens showed the fracture is significant enough to require surgery.  The out-patient surgery has not changed the projected recovery period of four to six weeks. There is a possibility Shockley could  return sooner by having the surgical screw inserted into his foot than if he had not had surgery.  Shockley was scheduled for the procedure at St. Mary's Hospital in Athens today at 12:30 p.m.  "At first when I heard I needed the surgery I was thinking I could be out longer, but now they're saying I could come back quicker,'' Shockley said Monday.  "I just have to see how it goes and how my rehab goes and if I can come back sooner, I'll be happy. If not, I'll deal with it.''  Shockley said he suffered the same injury in his right foot while playing at North Clayton High School. He missed four weeks with that injury but did not need surgery.  Shockley, a redshirt freshman, was playing behind starter David Greene in a two-quarterback system in the first two games of the season for No. 8 Georgia (2-0 overall, 1-0 Southeastern Conference).   Shockley suffered the injury on a 9-yard run in the fourth quarter, but he remained on the field to complete the five-play possession.  "It was so disappointing and frustrating when it happened,'' he said. "I was just thinking I did all this through the summer and two-a-days and through all the game plans to get ready, and all of a sudden one play happens and you have to sit out again.''  
  • Honor for Pollack: After a weekend of seeing his dramatic interception in the end zone for a touchdown make national highlight shows, Georgia defensive end David Pollack was named SEC Defensive Player of the Week Monday.  In his big game in the Georgia win over South Carolina, Pollack was credited with 14 tackles, four quarterback pressures, a fumble recovery at the Georgia 3, two pass deflections and the rare interception that gave the Bulldogs their only touchdown in a 13-7 win.  In two games, Georgia has had two players win weekly defensive honors from the SEC. Linebacker Boss Bailey was named player of the week after the season-opening win over Clemson.  Pollack delivered his big play with 13:58 left to play, knocking the would-be pass from South Carolina quarterback Corey Jenkins' arm.  "I just jumped up and kind of batted it down, and when it went down I kind of caught it back-handed,'' Pollack said Monday. "As soon as I hit the ground and saw the official's arms up, I thought 'Yes!' ''

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