Georgia coach Kirby Smart said running back D’Andre Swift and wide receiver George Pickens should be able to play against LSU in the SEC Championship game next week.
Swift was sidelined early in the third quarter of Georgia’s 52-7 victory against Georgia Tech with what Smart described as a “shoulder contusion,” or bruise. He expects the star junior to be able to practice over the coming week and play in Saturday’s 4 p.m. title game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium, which will have College Football Playoff implications.Via AJC.com
A fight in a game that was all but over could cost Georgia a playoff spot.
Georgia beating Tech was never really a doubt. It was almost a one score game before halftime until Tech missed a chip shot. Georgia went on to throttle them but it did come at a loss.
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Swift is one of the best running backs in the league and left with a shoulder injury. This is something he has been dealing with all season. Kirby Smart mentioned he could have gone back in but would rather rest him.
Having Swift ready is incredibly important to the Bulldog offense. However, George Pickens will also miss the first half against LSU.
Pickens traded blows with a Georgia Tech DB and both were tossed from the game. This holds Pickens out of the first half against LSU and leaves Georgia down one of their best offensive playmakers.
You can’t totally shut LSU down, you just hope to slow down the offense. The Tigers defense can’t do much so the offense has resorted to putting up a million points a game. Georgia can change that.
The Bulldogs have an elite defense and could definitely give LSU fits. However the Georgia offense has been questionable at best throughout the year. Add in that Cager had ankle surgery last week and Swift is already banged up, it could prove to be a disaster.
While you can’t do much with the injuries, Pickens was taught a tough lesson. Whether he started the fight or just got caught retaliating is irrelevant, he was still ejected. Losing his cool and a young mistake just further hampered this Georgia offense. Oklahoma and Utah are nipping at their heels. A loss and either of the other two winning will likely push Georgia out of the playoff. The Bulldogs control their destiny, Pickens just made it a bit cloudy.
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