KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Georgia running back Keith Marshall and wide receiver Justin Scott-Wesley will miss the rest of the season after tearing the anterior cruciate ligaments in their right knees during a 34-31 overtime victory at Tennessee.
Bulldogs coach Mark Richt confirmed the severity of their injuries at a Sunday afternoon teleconference.
"It's sad for our players," Richt said. "You see them work so hard to get in position to play for Georgia, realize their dreams to play in big games like that, try to win championships and all that. (You see) how much work they put in and how hard they play for you and work and practice for you in the offseason and all that, and one play like that and it's taken away from them. It's heartbreaking."
Richt also announced wide receiver Michael Bennett will undergo further evaluation to determine how much time he will miss after injuring his right knee Saturday at Tennessee. Richt said Bennett definitely wouldn't play when the seventh-ranked Bulldogs (4-1, 3-0 SEC) host No. 25 Missouri (5-0, 1-0 SEC). Punter Collin Barber's status is day to day after sustaining a concussion in the Tennessee game.
This represents the latest round of adversity for a Georgia team that has kept its national title hopes alive despite enduring all kinds of health problems.
Wide receiver Malcolm Mitchell tore the ACL in his right knee during a season-opening loss to Clemson. Running back Todd Gurley, who had formed a dynamic duo in the backfield with Marshall, sat out the Tennessee game with a sprained left ankle. Georgia also played the Tennessee game without injured safeties Tray Matthews and Connor Norman.
Now the Bulldogs have been hit with even more injuries.
"I don't know what hurts more — the pain of the injury or the pain of knowing you're not going to be able to play anymore for a while," Richt said. "I just feel bad for them."
Marshall and Scott-Wesley both tweeted after their injuries.
"Thanks everyone for all the prayer and support," Marshall said. "I will be fine. Minor setback for a major comeback!"
"I'll be back better than ever!" Scott-Wesley vowed.
Richt said after the game that Gurley had a 50-50 chance of playing against Missouri, and he indicated Sunday that the sophomore's status remained day to day. Richt also didn't know if Matthews will return from his hamstring injury in time for the Missouri game. Richt said Norman has a "realistic shot" of playing against Missouri.
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