Tight end isn't the only position getting thin. Linebacker Akeem Hebron suffered a fracture dislocation of his left ankle on the final play of Tuesday's practice and will miss the remainder of the season, Richt said.
"He's got a little bit of surgery to go here," Richt said. "It's probably a four-to-six-month recovery, so that will end his season. It's just kind of a downer when your teammate is hurt, and that's a pretty painful injury."
Hebron joins Jeff Owens, Trinton Sturdivant, Charles White, Vince Vance and Tony Wilson among the Georgia players who are lost for the season with injuries, while dozens more have suffered through bumps and bruises that have cost them playing time. While Richt said he tries not to dwell on the injuries, this year, they've been hard to ignore.
"It's been pretty extreme," Richt said. "You try to not think about it much … but every once in a while, you look up and see all the green jerseys and crutches and you're like, ‘My gosh, it's been pretty bad, hasn't it?' And it has. It's been pretty rough."
SOME GOOD NEWS
While the injury list has grown this week, one player making progress has been linebacker Dannell Ellerbe.
Richt said Ellerbe has shown significant improvement in his recovery from a knee injury that cost him the past two games and said the senior will travel to LSU.
"He's making progress," Richt said. "He's going to take the trip and pad up, and we think he'll play."
In Ellerbe's absence, sophomore Darryl Gamble has played well and is likely to see plenty of playing time even if Ellerbe returns to action.
"I'm not going to say who would start," Richt said, "but I think right now Gamble would."