ATHENS – Abry Jones is back to having a strong chance to play one more game for the Georgia football team.
Jones, the Georgia senior defensive end from Warner Robins, had ankle surgery last month. Last week Georgia head coach Mark Richt said Jones was out for the season, but he amended that on Thursday.
“Abry’s not out. Abry’s lost significant time. But we do believe he’s got a good shot of playing in the bowl,” Richt said.
That marks a return to what Jones' former high school coach told The Telegraph, the day after Jones had ankle surgery.
Jones has been a starter the past three years, and was second on the team in sacks last season.
The news wasn't as good on other fronts.
Chase Vasser, a junior outside linebacker, will have surgery for a torn labrum and miss the rest of the season. Vasser entered the season as a starter, but was suspended the first two games because of an offseason DUI arrest. When he returned he started twice, and had 14 tackles.
But he missed the past three games with a shoulder injury, and was finally shut down this week.
This is the third Georgia player to be out for the rest of the season: Senior receiver Marlon Brown and sophomore receiver Michael Bennett both required knee surgery.
In other injury news, right guard Chris Burnette (shoulder injury) missed practice again on Wednesday. His status for Saturday's game against Georgia Southern is uncertain; he missed the Auburn game, but offensive line coach Will Friend said Tuesday that Burnette was day-to-day.
Reserve running back Richard Samuel (abdominal injury) also missed practice on Wednesday.