At halftime of Georgia’s game at Tennessee Sept. 30, outside linebacker Davin Bellamy’s left hand was throbbing with pain in the locker room.
It was injured in the first quarter and received some attention from Georgia’s training staff, but the senior realized on his first play of the second half he couldn’t strike with it.
X-rays in the stadium revealed he had a broken bone in the hand. A cast was put around it with padding and it wrapped with tape.
Bellamy is playing and practicing with the bulky “club,” on the hand now.
“It’s about two or three pounds,” he said. “It’s like I’ve got a dumbbell on my arm the whole time.”
Bellamy’s production was decent Saturday wearing it. He had three tackles and a tackle for loss in the 45-14 win at Vanderbilt. He thinks he will be wearing it again Saturday against Missouri.
“I think this is the last week for it and hopefully we’ve got that bye week and I’ll be free before Florida,” Bellamy said.
Bellamy, who has 10 career sacks including two this season, is trying to make plays even with the injury.
“I think it frustrates him at times,” coach Kirby Smart said. “He can’t rip off and tear off like he wants to. He can’t bull and push sometimes. He’s done a good job. I think he’s gotten better with it this week. It was more frustrating for him last week. I think that’s something you’ve got to get used to. He’s starting to get more and more used to it. I think he shows a lot of toughness to go out there and play with it and not really let it concern himself with how he looks. He’s trying to help the team.”
Bellamy didn’t let wearing the club keep him from making a big play in practice Tuesday with an interception.
“It was crazy,” defensive lineman Julian Rochester said. “He caught it with his chest and his hand.”
Bellamy said he returned the interception about 30 yards for a touchdown.
“You got to look it in, I’ve got soft hands,” Bellamy said. “I kind of made a basket for it.”
He wasn’t wearing anything on the hand after practice during interviews. He said he has a “normal cast,” he wears to class.
Bellamy said he doesn’t think about the fact that he’s wearing it during a practice and a game.
“I’m sure it kind of hinders him, some of his pass rush moves and being able to play defense,” cornerback Aaron Davis said. “Dab’s a great player. I’m sure he knows how to adapt to it. He’s learning every day how to deal with it. He’ll probably only continue to get better and once he gets it off, the sky’s the limit.”
On one tackle at Vanderbilt, Bellamy tackled without using the injured hand much.
“This is already a tough sport that we play and you play it with one hand, it makes it tougher,” Bellamy said. “I’ve just got to play football, man. No excuses. It really causes me to be more physical because I can’t use both of my hands. It kind of takes that finesse play away.”