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Kirby Smart posts Georgia’s week of injuries at Tennessee; The return of Adonai Mitchell would allow the lifting

Kirby Smart posts Georgia’s week of injuries at Tennessee; The return of Adonai Mitchell would allow the lifting

Georgia’s passing game could improve if receiver Adonai Mitchell is able to return from a high ankle sprain he suffered in the second game of the season and be ready for the game against Tennessee.

Mitchell has not played in the past two games against Florida or Vanderbilt and has seen just three snaps against Auburn (Oct. 8) since suffering the injury against FCS Samford.

Coach Kirby Smart said Mitchell would work “on the sidelines” earlier this week, and the Bulldogs’ most explosive threat on the perimeter has been limited in his actions.

The No. 1 (AP, Coaches Poll) Bulldogs play No. 1 (CFP Rankings) Tennessee at 3:30 pm Saturday at Sanford Stadium.

Mitchell, who had a huge 40-yard TD catch in the CFP Championship Game, was the leading receiver early in the season and has been sorely missed.

The defense pressured Georgia’s receivers on the perimeter, daring sixth-year quarterback Stetson Bennett to throw over the top.

A serviceable Mitchell would make UGA more likely to take on opponents in that challenge.

Georgia’s defense was elite, keeping Bennett clean with the lowest pressure rate in the SEC.

Of course, the biggest injury news this week was the severity of Nolan Smith’s pectoral injury, which will require season-ending surgery on Thursday.

Smith led UGA with 7 tackles for loss and 3 sacks when he was injured on the fifth drive of last Saturday’s win over Florida.

Availability outline report

• And Xavier Truss (finger), probably

• RB Kendall Milton (quad), probable

• OLB Chaz Chambliss (hamstring), probable

• TE Arik Gilbert (personal), questionable

• OT Amarius Mims (knee), questionable

• WR AD Mitchell (ankle), questionable

• OLB Nolan Smith (chest), out

• SS Dan Jackson (leg), out

• RB Andrew Paul (knee), out

• OT Earnest Greene (back), out

• SS Drew Bobo (labrum), out

• LB CJ Washington (neck), out



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