“He might be holding out hope,” head coach Mark Richt said after Georgia practiced Tuesday afternoon, “but I don’t think there’s any chance he’ll play in the game.”
The No. 21 Bulldogs briefly held out hope that Brown would return from a broken collarbone in time to team with freshman Knowshon Moreno against the Gators. Senior Kregg Lumpkin is out of the rest of the regular season after suffering a knee injury against Vanderbilt.
Lumpkin had arthroscopic surgery Tuesday and hopes to be able to return in time for a bowl game if Georgia qualifies for one. Head athletic trainer Ron Courson “thinks there is a chance of that,” Richt said.
Lumpkin was at the Bulldogs’ practice and indicated to Richt that he wanted to return if he could.
“Some seniors are like, ‘You know what? Forget about it,’ but today he acted like if he was healthy, he wanted to finish,” Richt said.
Moreno had career highs in carries (28) and yards (157) last week against Vanderbilt.
“There are a lot of teams across the country who only have one back and rely heavily on him,” offensive coordinator Mike Bobo said. “We have some other options, but right now Knowshon is the go-to guy and we’re going to ride him.”
Former walk-on Jason Johnson probably will back up Moreno, but nothing is set in stone, running backs coach Tony Ball said.
“We’ve got a couple things working right now, but he’s definitely in the mix,” Ball said. “He got the bulk of the reps today when Knowshon wasn’t in there.”
Johnson, a junior, has three carries for 44 yards in his career and all of those came in his freshman season. Freshman Shaun Chapas and walk-on Kalvin Daniels also could spell Moreno.
The rest of the injury news is good for the Bulldogs (5-2, 3-2 SEC). Middle linebacker Marcus Washington (shoulder) practiced in a green, no-contact jersey and pronounced himself ready to play.
“I hate it I had to miss Tennessee and Vanderbilt, but if there’s one game I couldn’t miss, it’s this game right here,” Washington said.
Wide receivers A.J. Bryant (knee) and Mikey Henderson (hamstring), linebacker Brandon Miller (calf) and offensive lineman Scott Haverkamp (ankle) all dressed out for practice Tuesday.