Dawgs Get Back to Work: News and Notes

ATHENS - David Hale's news and notes from Georgia's fall practices.

Wide receiver Kris Durham had surgery last week on a broken left hand but said he expects to be ready to play in Georgia's bowl game.

The injury happened during Tuesday's practice prior to the Tech game. Durham dove for a ball and the defender stepped on his hand while he was on the ground.

"I stayed in during practice and caught a pass from Matthew (Stafford), and that's when I knew I had pretty much messed it up," Durham said.

Durham said he had to have nine screws and a plate put into his hand to repair the injury, which he said may have been exacerbated by the sharp throw from Stafford. He said the surgery should make his hand stronger now, but he isn't making any guarantees about catching passes from his rocket-armed quarterback.

"It's bomb proof," Durham said. "I don't know if it's Stafford proof, but it's bomb proof."

NOT WORTH THE GAMBLE

Head coach Mark Richt said Thursday that sophomore linebacker Darryl Gamble would not be available to play in Georgia's bowl game after suffering a broken leg against Georgia Tech.

Gamble said a defender rolled onto his leg during the third quarter causing the injury, which will not require surgery. While he is hopeful for a quick recovery, he said trying to play in the bowl game would be an unnecessary risk.

"It's an injury that I've got to take day-by-day," Gamble said. "I'm not going to go out there and jeopardize myself if I'm not ready to play."

Curran said Gamble has kept a good disposition following the injury, despite having a breakout season end on a sour note. Gamble filled in for senior Dannell Ellerbe for three games this season and posted impressive numbers, including a two-interception performance against LSU.

"He's definitely had some ups and downs," Curran said of Gamble, "but he's staying positive through everything because that's the type of dude he is. I'm sure he'll bounce back."

THE RIGHT DECISION

Tight end Bruce Figgins will meet with doctors this week to set a date for surgery on his injured shoulder. Figgins hurt his shoulder in September, but has played through the injury due to a rash of injuries among the rest of the tight end corps.

"It hasn't given me any trouble, hasn't slowed me down," Figgins said. "I'm glad I've been able to play the games I have this year, and I'm glad I'm going to be able to play in this bowl game."

DON'T BLAME THE HYPE

Defensive tackle Corvey Irvin said he hopes a win in this year's bowl game can propel Georgia into a lofty preseason ranking next year, but said the No. 1 ranking the Bulldogs began this season with had little impact on how their year turned out.

"That don't have nothing to do with it," Irvin said. "It's preseason. It's all about how you finish. Being preseason No. 1 didn't mess up our season. We had a lot of hype, but I don't think a lot of guys bought into the hype that we had. The games that we lost, all of us weren't on the same page."


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