Man, this team has been fairly banged up this summer. In addition to what I shared yesterday, there’s this:
Smart provided some positive injury news by stating that freshman offensive tackle Broderick Jones, a former five-star prospect out of Lithonia High School (Lithonia, Ga.), is back at full strength after an incident this offseason involving a motor bike. He sustained a lower leg injury but has recovered. Senior cornerback DJ Daniel has also been dealing with an ankle injury during the summer walkthrough period but Smart says he’ll be ready to go when practices begin on Monday. He’s one of three UGA cornerback with at least 11 games of starting experience under their belt.
Senior inside linebacker Monty Rice and freshman tight end Darnell Washington can be added to the recovered list as well. Rice has been battling a foot ailment but should be 100 percent when practices resume while Washington is fully back from arthroscopic surgery on his knee. Freshman wideout Arian Smith also had minor knee surgery and should be back some time during the 2020 season.
Redshirt freshman inside linebacker Rian Davis should be back “soon” per Smart after having surgery to repair a torn meniscus. He won’t be able to practice when practice begins on Monday.
As for the worst of the bad news, Dawgs247 has learned that there a good chance freshman cornerback Kelee Ringo misses the 2020 season after having surgery on his shoulder. The injury was sustained in high school and it was not improving once he arrived at UGA. Smart called it “a repair” and said that Ringo would be out for “awhile.” Sources close to the situation, however, have indicated the he’s likely out for the season.
The Ringo news sucks, but if there’s ever a time for him to miss a season, it’s 2020.