ATHENS, Ga. -- Although magnetic resonance imaging on Quincy Carter's injured left shoulder revealed no structural damage other than a badly bruised rotator cuff, Georgia coach Jim Donnan said Sunday that he's unsure whether his star quarterback will be able to play against Kentucky.
"Right now, I'd say it's doubtful that he'll play, but I can't say entirely for sure," Donnan said. "He's been undergoing a lot of treatment. We'll see how much he progresses during the week before making a final decision on his status for the game."
Carter hurt his shoulder at the 12:04 mark in the fourth quarter of Georgia's 29-19 homecoming win over Vanderbilt when Commodores linebacker Jamie Winborn tackled the junior and knocked him out of bounds. Carter, who threw a touchdown pass, did not return.
Georgia trainers have put Carter's arm in a sling while he continues his daily treatment. The shoulder is the same one Carter hurt two years ago against Tennessee, although that injury did not force him to miss any games.
"I think this one's a lot more severe than the last time because he was able to come back and practice pretty quickly," Donnan said. "This morning, he couldn't do as much as he had hoped. But I don't want to get into what's going to happen because I really can't make those kind of comparisons. We'll just work hard to rehab him and see what happens."
If Carter is unable to play in Saturday's SEC game in Lexington, Ky., , sophomore Cory Phillips will make his first career start.
Phillips has played sparingly for the Bulldogs the last two years, although he did finish out Saturday's game against the Commodores, misfiring on the only pass he attempted.
"Cory's got a good handle on all of our offense," Donnan said. "He's a very intelligent guy and has been through a lot of practices. I feel very confident with him running our offense."
Freshman David Greene, who has yet to take a collegiate snap, would be Phillips' primary backup, and receivers LaBrone Mitchell and Terrence Edwards could also figure into the mix. Mitchell and Edwards, from Washington County, both played quarterback in high school.
"Cory practiced with the first-team offense during two-a-days and scrimmage situations," Donnan said. "I'm not saying this to make Cory feel good, but he's got a strong arm, contrary to what some people say. He can throw the ball 70 to 75 yards with great touch. He's just a shorter guy with not a lot of mobility. He's a lot like (Mike) Bobo in that regard, but he is a guy who can run this team."
Carter's MRI wasn't the only injury-related news for the Bulldogs (5-1, 3-1), who moved up to 12th in both the Associated Press and USA Today /ESPN Top 25 football polls.
Running back Musa Smith injured his knee in the first half. The freshman was scheduled to have an MRI performed either late Sunday or today.
"We hope it's just a bad bruise instead of a meniscus," Donnan said.
Donnan also reported that running back Jasper Sanks, who hurt his shoulder in practice and did not play against the Commodores was "moving around OK."
Edwards was also banged up in the game.
According to Donnan, the sophomore receiver has a "little problem with his leg" after taking a hit on his knee following a reception in the second half. He probably won't practice with the team until the middle of the week.
"I didn't know about it until (Sunday)," Donnan said. "It's a little bruised up and it is a cause for concern, especially with the other injuries we have to Quincy and Musa."