UGA practice report: Trenton Thompson and Reggie Carter continue to be out

Georgia inside linebackers practice in the indoor practice facility on Oct. 10, 2017 (Marc Weiszer/Staff)

Georgia’s Tuesday full pads practice once again did not include two defensive contributors, raising doubt about whether they will play Saturday against Missouri.

 

Starting defensive tackle Trenton Thompson and senior inside linebacker Reggie Carter were not spotted in the session in the indoor practice facility during the two media viewing periods.

Thompson could miss his second straight game with a sprained knee ligament and Carter a second in a row due to an undisclosed injury.

”Just hoping to get them back,” coach Kirby Smart said after practice in which the team went outside in the heat during the second part of practice. “They were able to do a little bit today. But hopefully we’ll get them back.”

Defensive tackle Julian Rochester said of Thompson: “We see him every day. He’s working hard, getting right. We just have to pick up the slack that was left behind, which is really no slack. We’ve all just to got to make sure we practice hard and keep the standard that’s been set of hard-core play on the D-line.”

Georgia already is missing inside linebacker Natrez Patrick who is serving what is presumed to be a four-game suspension for a marijuana arrest last week based on UGA athletic policy.

Starter Roquan Smith was first among the inside linebackers in one drill line with freshman Monty Rice, junior Juwan Taylor and freshman Nate McBride following.

Taylor started in the 45-14 win at Vanderbilt Saturday and Rice saw significant action as well.

Rice was an early enrollee.

“We thought all spring that he was going to be a good player because he was really fast,” coach Kirby Smart said on Monday. “He thumps you when he gets there. It was more of can he be comfortable and not have anxiety playing in the heat of the moment. I thought he got over some of that. He made a play against Mississippi State there at the end of the game. I thought that gave him some confidence. He was able to make some plays the other day. I think Monty is going to be a mighty fine football player.”

—Other tidbits:

—Outside linebacker Davin Bellamy continues to practice with a club on his injured left hand.

—Wide receiver Michal Chigbu is practicing in a regular jersey. He’s been dealing with a shoulder injury and hasn’t played the last two games.

—Jacob Eason looked sharp on passes as he continues to work behind Jake Fromm.

 

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