Kirby Smart: Georgia will be missing some players for spring because of injuries

Kirby Smart spring football news conference
Steffenie Burns/Georgia athletics

ATHENS, Ga. – Georgia opened spring practice Tuesday, and while coach Kirby Smart said he was excited to see what his players would do on the field, he also addressed some of the players who will not practicing because of injury.

Five-star freshman running back Zamir White, who enrolled in January, still is rehabbing a torn ACL and will not be participating in spring practice. Smart also said White’s recovery has been going smoothly since his arrival in Athens.

“He’s progressing very well,” Smart said. “He’ll be able to do some things – walk-through and moving around – but he won’t be in full contact drills.”

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Sophomore safety Deangelo Gibbs, who is not enrolled in classes this spring after leaving the team because of a “medical issue” last season, is rehabbing his left shoulder after surgery. Smart said he expects a full recovery from Gibbs and for him to be back with the team in the fall.

Two offensive linemen, senior Sean Fogarty and sophomore Justin Shaffer, will sit out spring practice after having knee surgeries in the offseason. They also are expected “back full go” in the fall.

Junior defensive end David Marshall is dealing with a thumb injury. “He should be casted up and ready to go,” Smart said.

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