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An injury and a retirement headline Georgia’s Saturday practice

Freshman Georgia defensive back Divaad Wilson was injured at practice Saturday according to Kirby Smart. Wilson is dealing with what Smart referred to as a “lower extremity” injury.

“I don’t know the status of that, but that’s disheartening, because he had had three really good practices,” Smart said. “I was really fired up about him.”

Smart said Wilson, a four-star prospect from Miami, Florida, had been working in the STAR position and making quick progress prior to his injury. It’s a hole in the roster Smart will need to fill by fall after losing Aaron Davis, last year’s starter at STAR to graduation.

Smart even compared Wilson’s frame, larger than a typical defensive back, to that of Davis and former STAR Maurice Smith and added that Wilson was “picking things up well” in preparing to fill that role.

But with Wilson temporarily unavailable, Smart will have to look at other options for the time being.

The Dawgs will be losing another player, this one for good.

Offensive lineman Sam Madden’s career has come to a close. Smart told reporters Saturday that Madden is dealing with a medical issue deemed serious enough for him to retire from the sport.

“We feel it’s in his best interest from a medical standpoint for him to no longer play football,” Smart said. “His health and safety is our greatest concern, and we’re applying for a medical exemption. He’ll continue to be with the team and work with the team, whether it’s in the weight room or video staff, he’ll help us in other ways. But he’s done a tremendous job since being here, and we’ll be moving forward that way.”

Madden came to Georgia in 2015 out of Barnegat, New Jersey. He spent the 2015, 2016 and 2017 seasons as a member of the scout team and has not made an appearance in a game in his three-year Georgia career.

Smart maintained that he hopes Madden will remain with the team in a student-assistant type or role, but the junior’s playing career appears to be over.

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