Georgia football injury list grows during road win
Georgia’s 34-10 victory at Jordan-Hare Stadium over No.18 Auburn did not go smoothly on the road. Georgia’s offense was forced to overcome some adversity, as Auburn quickly took a 3-0 lead, the first time Georgia fell behind in 2021.
It wasn’t the deficit that worried fans, nor the absence of starting quarterback JT Daniels; rather, it’s the growing injury list that makes fans wary of his next home test against Kentucky.
Slightly less than the midpoint of Auburn’s first offensive attack, the injury bug would hit Georgia, as starting safety Christopher Smith left the game with a shoulder injury after delivering a punishing blow to a tight end of Auburn.
An injury in a similar situation last season to Richard LeCounte gave birth to Christopher Smith, who quickly established themselves as the safety duo with hard-hitting Lewis Cine. Smith is also well known for his interception returned for a touchdown against Clemson, the only touchdown scored this game. Smith would not return to the game; CBS would later show the senior defensive back on the sidelines with his guards and helmet removed.
The injuries didn’t end with Smith; Later, starting the left tackle, Jamaree Salyer injured his ankle in a pileup in which players landed on the senior offensive lineman’s ankle. However, Salyer’s replacement Broderick Jones provided a performance up front that felt like there wasn’t much of a drop.
After the game at his press conference, Smart would confirm those injuries and provide updates on two more.
“We lost Chris Smith to a shoulder injury. Jamaree Salyer injured his ankle. We have a lot of guys out there, just look at the roster.”
“Kenny (McIntosh) tried to play. We thought he could go, he just couldn’t, with Jermaine Burton.”
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