Dogs hope Murray can resume practicing Monday

Georgia QB Aaron Murray (bottom) sustained a bruised sternum and bruised knee during Saturday's loss to Auburn after taking several hard hits from tackle Nick Fairley, who was flagged for roughing the passer on one play.

Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray, held out Tuesday because of a bruised sternum and bruised knee, could return to the practice field on Monday, coach Mark Richt said.


"I'm very hopeful that by Monday he'll be able to do something and hopefully everything by then," Richt said Wednesday. "It's one thing to be able to drop back and throw the ball and another thing to be able to play a real live football game. We've tried all year long not to get him hit in practice, so that will be the goal next week, too."

Georgia practices again this afternoon before players get the weekend off. Georgia plays next against Georgia Tech on Nov. 27.

Murray sustained his injuries in the Bulldogs' 49-31 loss Saturday at Auburn when the redshirt freshman took several hard hits from defensive tackle Nick Fairley.

GREEN ON THE NFL: Georgia junior receiver A.J. Green helped his already soaring NFL stock with a big game against No. 2 Auburn.

If he decides to return to the Bulldogs for his senior season, it will be considered the biggest gain of Richt's 2011 recruiting class.

Green, ranked No. 2 among NFL Draft prospects by ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr. , said Wednesday that his mind still isn't made up.

"Whenever the season's over, then I'll make that decision," said Green, who tied his career high with nine catches for 164 yards and two touchdowns against the Tigers.

SANDERS IMPROVING: Georgia cornerback Sanders Commings (ankle), a former Westside standout, practiced some Tuesday and will be fine to play against Georgia Tech, according to defensive coordinator Todd Grantham .

NEWTON SAGA: Mississippi State booster Bill Bell told that he received a payment plan from a man who said he represented Cam Newton 's father that was designed to get the quarterback to sign with the Bulldogs.

Bell, a former Mississippi State player, says Kenny Rogers sent him a text message outlining a payment schedule that included $80,000 on the day Newton signed, $50,000 30 days later and $50,000 30 days after that. Rogers, who has worked for an agent, is also a former Mississippi State player.

Bell says he was on three-way calls with Rogers and Cam's father, Cecil , when discussions about the payment plan took place. He says Cecil Newton never directly asked for money and he has shared some voice messages with the NCAA.

TWO REBELS SUSPENDED: Coach Houston Nutt has suspended true freshmen Tony Grimes , a defensive back, and Delvin Jones , a defensive lineman, for a violation of team rules.

Nutt says the suspensions are indefinite. The Rebels have just two games remaining.

BIG TEN, FOX STRIKE DEAL: The Big Ten has reached an agreement with Fox Sports to broadcast the league's football championship game from 2011-16.

The Big Ten expands to 12 teams next season with the addition of Nebraska. The league will split into two six-team divisions and the winners will play a conference title game.

The first title game next season will be played at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.

BOND SET IN SHOOTING: Bond has been set at $1.5 million each for two people arrested as accessories in the shooting of three Southern Mississippi players outside a Hattiesburg nightclub Sunday.

Two Bassfield, Miss., residents -- 25-year-old Cleothus Wilkerson and 49-year-old Patricia L. Brown -- appeared Wednesday in Forrest County Justice Court.

Judge George Schmidt set their bond at $500,000 on each of three counts of accessory after the fact to aggravated assault. The two were returned to the Forrest County jail after the brief hearing.



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