"We stopped practice for a while Tuesday and both were sent to the hospital and have since been released," said Richt. "We don't think there will be any long-lasting issues. Neither one will play this week."
Samuel, who has played in all 11 games including six starts, has seen more action of late on special teams. He is on the kickoff coverage and punt return blocking units. For Norton, the injury was disappointing because he will not receive a special award given only to select members of the squad who never miss any athletic or academic responsibilities during the year.
"The first thing he (Norton) said to all the guys was ‘this is going to cost me an Iron Man Trophy,' " said Richt. "He was telling everybody how about a month ago, his ankle was hurting pretty bad and he practiced with it because he didn't want to miss out on the Iron Man Trophy and now this happened."
There are no exceptions for the recipients of an Iron Man Trophy who receive their award at a banquet after the season. Richt stated, "An Iron Man makes it through everything."
Also, Richt provided an injury update on a couple of Bulldogs who missed this past Saturday's game with Kentucky due to injuries. Sophomore starting flanker A.J. Green (left shoulder AC-sprain), who leads the Southeastern Conference in receiving, along with redshirt freshman safety Baccari Rambo (concussion) are doubtful to see action Saturday.
"Baccari is more doubtful, I've been saying I'm hopeful for A.J. but it's more doubtful," said Richt. "The chances aren't very good at all."
The Bulldogs (6-5) have had more practice and preparation time this week to get ready for the Yellow Jackets (10-1). Due to the Thanksgiving break, there are no classes at the university this week. Richt added that the Bulldogs would practice a couple times next week as part of the bowl schedule.