Jarvis Jones: 'I'm going to play'

semerson@macon.comSeptember 18, 2012 

ATHENS - Jarvis Jones practiced fully on Tuesday, and even though his strained groin isn't 100 percent yet, Georgia's star linebacker says don't worry.

"I'm gonna play," Jones said after Tuesday's practice.

Jones missed Saturday's win over Florida Atlantic with the strained groin, which he hurt prior to the Missouri game. Jones played through it in that SEC opener, then sat out the FAU game. But with another SEC opponent, Vanderbilt, coming to town this weekend, Jones seems less likely to sit out.

"I'm fine. I've been treating it ever since it happened," Jones said. "I'm just getting back in the groove. They put me back out there this week. We're taking it slow, we ain't trying to do nothing fast and probably re-injure myself. It's a process. I'll be fine."

Jones said it was a game-time decision to sit out last Saturday. Freshmen Jordan Jenkins and Josh Dawson got the starts at outside linebacker for the Bulldogs, who struggled in the first half but locked it down after halftime.

"The young guys went out there and played well," Jones said. "Coach (Todd) Grantham just wanted to give them a chance to experience it, and work on the small things that they need to work on. I think they handled it well. And they didn't need me."

Grantham, the defensive coordinator, expressed cautious optimism on Tuesday that Jones would be out there against Vanderbilt.

"He did all the stuff that we're doing and got a good workout in," Grantham said. "We'll continue to do it day by day and see how he progresses. And hopefully he'll be at full strength come Saturday."

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