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The injured return to practice

Smith, Stinchcomb, and Gibson attended practice Wednesday, but only as spectators.

ATHENS, Ga. - The three Georgia players who had out-patient surgeries Tuesday attended practice Wednesday, but only as spectators.

Offensive tackle Jon Stinchcomb, who had arthroscopic surgery to remove torn medial meniscus cartilage, was on crutches. Running back Musa Smith, who had two pins inserted to stabilize a broken left thumb, had his hand in a cast.

Receiver Fred Gibson, who had a pin inserted to stabilize his left thumb after suffering a torn ulnar collateral ligament, had his left hand in a cast and a sling.

On Wednesday, Coach Mark Richt left open the possibility that Smith might play this week at Kentucky.

"The only one who has an outside shot is Musa Smith,'' Richt said.

"We're going to see if there's a way we can brace it and let him go.''

Later in the day, however, running backs coach Mike Bobo sounded skeptical.

"I just talked to (Smith) and he said it was hurting pretty bad,'' Bobo said. "I don't even know if he's going to make the trip, to be honest with you.''

Kentucky coach Guy Morriss said Wednesday he can not trust reports that the three players will be held out.

"I've got to see it to believe it,'' Morriss said. "There were reports here (Tuesday) that they'll all three play. I guess we'll have to wait and see.''

 Another injury at offensive tackle: Freshman Max Jean-Gilles, who is expected to be the top backup at offensive tackle behind George Foster and Kareem Marshall, was held out Wednesday after suffering a shoulder "burner'' Tuesday.

Richt said Jean-Gilles is "probably probable'' for the Kentucky game. "We need him back,'' Richt said.

Dennis Roland and Chris Hewitt, who normally works at offensive guard, were the only backups available Wednesday.

"I'm hoping Max will be there (today),'' said offensive line coach Neil Callaway. "Either way, we've got to play.''


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