The sophomore tight end missed Georgia’s last game against Alabama with a shoulder injury that will require surgery, but decided to play against Tennessee because starter Tripp Chandler was also hurt. The resultes, Figgins said, were encouraging.
“I was probably a little more tired than anything, condition-wise,” Figgins said. “But I felt good, the shoulder didn’t give me any problems.”
Figgins can have the surgery and still receive a medical redshirt if he doesn’t play in another game, but with Chandler expected to miss several more weeks, he may decide to keep playing and delay the procedure until after the season.
Kiante Tripp was moved from left tackle to tight end two weeks ago to provide depth, but he may be forced back to the offensive line after starting left tackle Vince Vance suffered what appears to be a season-ending knee injury. Head coach Mark Richt said he did not expect Vance back this year and wasn’t sure whether that would necessitate a move back to the line for Tripp.
Figgins said the decision to delay the surgery, however, is ultimately a medical one. He will meet with doctors and trainers today and hopes to have a decision by Monday. Still, his performance Saturday gives him reason to think he’ll be ready to play the rest of the season.
“This performance today gave me a lot of confidence,” Figgins said. “It put my mind at ease about how I could perform and feel for the rest of the season. I’m not sure, I still have to talk with coaches and doctors tomorrow and go to treatment.”