Hasn’t practiced since Auburn game
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ATHENS -- Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray did not participate in practice Thursday.
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Murray injured his knee and sternum Saturday against Auburn and has not practiced this week.
While his teammates were practicing, Murray stood on the sideline throwing and catching.
“He was throwing the ball gingerly, or carefully -- nice and easy,” coach Mark Richt said. “That did not bother him, but he couldn’t throw anything that resembled a route. It was just standing there nice and easy playing catch.”
Murray’s bruised sternum is hampering him the most, Richt said. The Bulldogs are on a bye week, so Murray will have three more off days to recover. If Georgia had a game this weekend, Murray would “probably not” be able to play, Richt said.
“We just ask him day-by-day,” Richt said. “He’s a competitor. He’s going to want to play if he can.”
Murray, a redshirt freshman, will receive treatment this weekend and will be re-evaluated Monday.
“I’m hoping he’ll do everything Monday, which will give him and us more confidence he’ll be able to play,” Richt said. “He’s just not there yet. He’s improving pretty rapidly.”
If Murray can’t play against Georgia Tech, true freshman Hutson Mason would get the nod, Richt said. Mason has seen action in two games, throwing 9-of-17 for 102 yards with one touchdown.
“Hutson would go,” Richt said. “Hutson’s gotten to the point where he would go. He’s ready to run our system.”
Former quarterback Logan Gray, now a receiver, has taken snaps behind center in practice this week. Richt categorized Gray’s potential use at quarterback as, “more of an emergency.”
“We haven’t put Logan in the (quarterback) meetings or anything like that,” Richt said.
The hits Auburn defensive lineman Nick Fairley delivered to Murray have come under scrutiny since the Tigers beat Georgia 49-31.
One play in particular, a late hit from behind, was just one of the plays Murray’s injury could have happened on.
“It could have been that play, but I’m not saying -- there was a couple others it could have been,” Richt said.
The SEC announced Tuesday that Fairley would not be suspended.
“(Murray) was definitely pretty sore,” senior offensive lineman Clint Boling said. “He obviously went through some pain. He took some big hits. He fought all the way to the end and fought hard.”