Georgia sophomore wide receiver Riley Ridley has been missing through the first week of spring practice because of a foot injury, a source told Gridiron Now on Saturday.
While it may still be at least part of the reason why, it’s been speculated that Ridley has been out because of an arrest earlier this month for marijuana possession.
On Tuesday, Georgia’s first day of spring practice, Bulldogs coach Kirby Smart said that Ridley would face “internal punishment” for the arrest.
“He’ll receive discipline,” Smart said. “… I’ll say this – we are very disappointed in his decision. We do not condone that behavior. I think Riley is going to learn a valuable lesson from this mistake.”
According to the Georgia student-athlete handbook, Ridley would be subject to suspension for 10 percent of the Bulldogs’ 2017 season. That means he likely will miss just one game – if anything – as punishment.
Ridley’s injury is not expected to be serious as teammates have seem him rehabbing the injury. Linebacker Roquan Smith and defensive lineman Trent Thompson, who also has been rehabbing, have been seen doing work off to the side during the media viewing periods so far this spring.
So far, Georgia has gone through three of 15 practices this spring.
Ridley missed Georgia’s Liberty Bowl appearance last season because of an ankle injury. He also left the Florida game last season with a similar injury.
Ridley also did not play against Missouri last season while dealing with a wrist/hand injury.
Ridley finished last season, his true freshman campaign, with 12 catches for 238 yards and two touchdowns.
Smart has not been made available to the media since Tuesday. It’s currently unclear when he will next speak publicly.
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