Follow up: Sims out 6 to 8 weeks
Antonio Sims
Antonio Sims
Posted Aug 8, 2005

ATHENS — Georgia practiced for two hours — almost half that time in a very heavy rain — Monday afternoon, and the Bulldogs suffered their first significant injury of fall practice.

Safety Antonio Sims, the top backup at Georgia’s rover spot, broke his left fibula during the workout. The injury will not require surgery but will keep Sims out six-to-eight weeks, according to team trainer Ron Courson. Sims was injured after the rain started, but it was unclear if it was still raining when he was hurt. Almost all of practice is closed to the media and public.

Olaolu Sanni-Osomo or walk-on Drew Williams have been sharing time at the No. 3 rover spot, secondary coach Willie Martinez said. Sophomore Kelin Johnson, the top backup at free safety, also could work at the rover position, Richt indicated.

Also hurt Monday was junior offensive lineman Bartley Miller, who is trying to return from a year-long layoff forced by a shoulder injury. He re-injured the shoulder early in the practice before the rain started. Miller “tweaked” the shoulder, Richt said, and Miller was walking after practice with no visible brace or wrap on his shoulder.

“I don’t know how serious that is,” Richt said.

In the past, the Bulldogs have practiced at the Ramsey Student Center during inclement weather, but that wasn’t an option Monday and won’t be for a while due to renovations at the complex.

“We were just going to stick it out unless it was thundering and lightning,” Richt said. “You have to play football in the rain. If there had been a game today, we would have had to play in it.”

The rain brought up the subject of an indoor practice facility. Georgia and Florida are the only two conference schools without an indoor facility. Richt said Monday that feasibility studies are being done about building one, but athletic director Damon Evans has said in the past that it is not in the near future.

“I’m not going to make a big stink about it, but y’all can,” Richt said.

Offensive lineman Seth Watts (chest) practiced in a green, no-contact jersey.

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