Ellerbe and Chandler Still Trying to Get Back

ATHENS – Two days ago, head coach Mark Richt was optimistic. After watching linebacker Dannell Ellerbe and tight end Tripp Chandler at practice this week, however, those hopes aren't quite as high.

Ellerbe has missed the past two games with a knee injury he suffered in the first quarter against Alabama nearly a month ago, but Richt said the senior hasn't regained the lateral movement he would like to see.

"He didn't look quite as agile as we had hoped," Richt said of Monday's practice session. "We are still going to let him go (the rest of the week) and see how he does. I would say I came out less optimistic he would play, but we still have a few more days."

Chandler also hurt his shoulder during the Alabama game, and he has struggled to get back into shape, too.

"There is some soreness," Richt said of Chandler's shoulder. "That is not necessarily an ending to his week of practice, but we were certainly hoping he would come through a little bit better."

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