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Kirby Smart put off by injury reports on Georgia DB Deangelo Gibbs

Georgia coach Kirby Smart
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ATHENS, Ga. – Georgia coach Kirby Smart apparently takes issue with reports about injuries sustained by his players.

During Thursday’s practice, freshman defensive back Deangelo Gibbs suffered what appeared to be a shoulder injury, which several reporters wrote about after witnessing it.

Smart, though, was less than amused by that and made his frustration clear when later asked about the injury.

“Considering I haven’t had a lot of time to talk to the trainers, but it’s nice to know you guys have found it in your hearts to report it,” Smart said after practice. “His mom has to find out from you guys rather than from us, which upsets me a little bit to be honest with you. I don’t think it’s really fair.”

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Georgia director of sports medicine Ron Courson, with reporters on the field, appeared to be looking at Gibbs’ shoulder area after the injury occurred.

Georgia does not have a policy in regards to reporting injuries seen at practice, though Smart said that a rule would be put in place.

“We’ll make some changes for you guys and try to handle that a little better from now,” he said.

Georgia does have a policy about not posting to social media while watching the practice. Reporters are allotted anywhere from 10-15 minutes of practice time viewing.

Gibbs is one of six early enrollees to join the Bulldogs program this spring. He has been competing for the starting Star spot in the secondary, though he also has been working at cornerback.

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