Live updates, injury report, training news for Week 5 game

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The No. 2 Georgia Bulldogs are having a huge game this week as they host the No. 8 Arkansas Razorbacks. Below are live updates, the latest injury report and news on practice for the match of week 5.

Georgia and Arkansas are two of the best teams in the country, as both programs enter 4-0. Both teams played last season, with Georgia claiming a 37-10 victory over the Razorbacks.

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9 a.m., September 28 update: Kirby Smart provided a positive update on Darnell Washington and Tykee Smith on Monday regarding their status for the game against Arkansas.

“Darnell (Washington) and Tykee (Smith) are back,” said Smart. “We didn’t take them to the 70 for the main purpose of training them, so they gave them a good practice on Friday. They trained well on Saturday here without being here and they both did well. They are back in the exercises, they are training this week, everything is fine, so I hope we have them available. We haven’t seen them train physically yet, so we still have to see it, but we expect them to be able to go out and play and be able to help us.

Washington and Smith both had foot surgery in August and have yet to play a game this season. They have officially trained, however, as the second-year tight end and junior defensive back returned to training on Monday.

Perhaps most encouragingly, neither of them was in a contactless black undershirt.

At the Bulldogs’ training session in Athens, Georgia on Monday, September 27, 2021 (Photo by Tony Walsh)

Tony walsh, UGA Sports Communication

At the Bulldogs’ training session in Athens, Georgia on Monday, September 27, 2021 (Photo by Tony Walsh)

Tony walsh, UGA Sports Communication

At the Bulldogs’ training session in Athens, Georgia on Monday, September 27, 2021 (Photo by Tony Walsh)

Tony walsh, UGA Sports Communication

At the Bulldogs’ training session in Athens, Georgia on Monday, September 27, 2021 (Photo by Tony Walsh)

Tony walsh, UGA Sports Communication

At the Bulldogs’ training session in Athens, Georgia on Monday, September 27, 2021 (Photo by Tony Walsh)

Tony walsh, UGA Sports Communication

At the Bulldogs’ training session in Athens, Georgia on Monday, September 27, 2021 (Photo by Tony Walsh)

Tony walsh, UGA Sports Communication

At the Bulldogs’ training session in Athens, Georgia on Monday, September 27, 2021 (Photo by Tony Walsh)

Tony walsh, UGA Sports Communication

Smart has consistently stated that Georgia are not that deep in the defensive back and Smith will definitely help there. Latavious Brini started the first four games as a star and played well in the process.

Washington should help the tight end position, although freshman Brock Bowers has played well so far. Bowers leads the team in receptions, receiving yards and touchdowns in the first four games of the season. Washington will also likely help improve the racing game.

12:00 p.m., September 27 update: Georgian coach Kirby Smart is expected to address the media shortly. We will also hear from the Georgian players on Monday as well.

  • “Broderick. played well. He does not play in situations where we have the head. He continues to improve and work hard. He cannot make mistakes related to concentration. Has a great advantage. Smart on Broderick Jones.
  • “Darnell and Tykee are back. They trained well on Friday and Saturday. They both ran very well. Dom is still healing a hamstring, hoping to get it back. Marcus Rosemy-Jacksaint has an ankle. Arian Smith did not make the trip, he was hampered by a bruised shin.
  • “Conference extensions are the least of my concerns right now. I’m definitely in favor of being able to play more SEC games.
  • “I think they’re both amazing men. They are everything you want in an offensive line coach. They are both amazing and great recruiters with families.
  • “Barry is an amazing trainer.” – Smart on Arkansas defensive coordinator Barry Odom.
  • “It’s not Arkansas that we played last year. They’re extremely physical. They won’t be taken lightly by this group. They do an amazing job. – Kirby Smart on defense of the ‘Arkansas.
  • “Sam is a great leader of men. 100 percent, these men believe it.
  • “Sam took a big jump the first year. He took a huge leap. He did a great job there and continued to make it grow. Eight or nine super seniors make a big difference.
  • “He’s a competitor. He loves the game. He’s versatile, he can do so many things. – Smart on Treylon Burks.
  • “Of course, if we have a back that makes everyone miss it, he’ll be in the game. It depends on what you do best. – Intelligent on the back stroke rotation.
  • “Keep the essentials the essential. It’s a simple saying.
  • “A lot of success as a freshman is an opportunity. And he took it. – Kirby Smart on Brock Bowers.

Kirby Smart wasted no time turning the page on Vanderbilt in Arkansas. Before his press conference ended, the Georgia head coach launched into a fiery speech imploring fans to come to the game and be loud.

“I want to issue a challenge and I want it to be heard right now,” said Smart. “We have a huge game next week at 12 o’clock in Athens, Georgia. Everyone wants our team to be an elite and I want our team to be an elite and we launched that word. So when we talk about our fan base, our elite, we want to be there early and show ourselves better than ever. We want to be strong, stronger than ever. We want to be super intense because the players are going to be intense. We need the fans to be intense. The tenacity that we’re going to show, we need our fans to show it and the last thing is to be the elite. So if our fans are among the elite, we’ll have the opportunity to put on one hell of a show at 12 p.m. at Sanford Stadium next week.

Since Smart’s speech, the stakes of this competition have certainly been raised. The Razorbacks picked up a surprise victory over Texas A&M, which propelled Arkansas into the top 10 in this week’s AP poll. Arkansas will enter the game ranked no. 8 in the country. At this point, Arkansas are the highest-ranked team on Georgia’s calendar.

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