November 5, 2007

Latest injury news from Athens

Injury news proved the hot topic of discussion during Mark Richt's weekly Sunday teleconference, not the least of which was the status of running back Thomas Brown.

Brown hasn't played since the first half of Georgia's loss to Tennessee after suffering a broken clavicle against Ole Miss nearly six weeks ago.

Richt's report was a positive one.

"Thomas is coming right long," Richt said. "I think he's definitely got a chance to play in this one, and I think he's motivated, too.

"We'll just have to see. We're not doing anything in pads (Monday), but we'll see Tuesday what he might be able to do Saturday."

Richt didn't want to guess how he might re-introduce the senior into the mix at running back with redshirt freshman Knowshon Moreno playing well and having surpassed the 1,000-yard mark (1,003 yards) with his 196-yard effort against Troy.

"I don't know about that yet," Richt said. "It's going to depend on how he comes back. I'm not going to try and predict anything right now."

According to Richt, if it were up to Brown, he might have come back two weeks ago.

"We've been X-raying him every week. Our doctors say the healing process is going exactly as planned. We can see that the bone is healing properly," Richt said. "Thomas has said he's felt pretty good all along. In fact, he said he doesn't even feel it but he knows it's there because he's seen it on the X-ray."

The news was also good for another key performer - defensive tackle Kade Weston. Weston injured his ankle Saturday and had to be assisted off the field.

At the time , it didn't look good. Richt said that Weston won't practice (Monday), but "has a good chance to play" against Auburn Saturday afternoon (3:30, CBS).

Kelin Johnson (knee) and Tony Wilson (shoulder) are also expected back.

Richt isn't quite so sure about backup safety Quintin Banks. Banks injured his right knee during Troy's final touchdown with five seconds to play and is listed at questionable, at best.

Special teams starter Chris Gaunder, who left Saturday's game with his right knee immobilized, will likely miss the rest of the regular season but Richt hopes he'll be back in time for Georgia's bowl.

As for quarterback Matthew Stafford, there is absolutely no problem with his knee that got dinged in the second half of Saturday's win.

"There was not any swelling at all," Richt said. "Maybe just a tad, but there's no limitations."

GEORGIA NOTE: Georgia remained No. 10 in the both the Associated Press Top 25 polls and in the weekly BCS poll released Sunday afternoon.

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