Originally created 09/14/05

Brown expects to miss game with shoulder injury

ATHENS, Ga. - Georgia tailback Thomas Brown, the fourth-leading rusher in the Southeastern Conference, said Tuesday a shoulder injury probably will keep him out of Saturday's game against Louisiana-Monroe.

The news on Brown came one day after Georgia announced starting linebacker Jarvis Jackson would miss at least one game with a thumb injury.

Brown, a sophomore from Tucker, rushed for 144 yards on 20 carries in the Bulldogs' 17-15 win over South Carolina last Saturday. He suffered a slight separation of his right shoulder in the game.

Due to concerns that he could aggravate the injury and have to then miss several weeks, he said he likely will not play this week.

"It's going to be tough," Brown said. "After I hurt it Saturday I was telling myself I was going to come back this week and play this game, but after meeting with trainers and doctors they advised me that it might not be a good idea.

"If I hurt it even more it could be four or five weeks."

As a freshman last season, Brown led Georgia with 875 yards rushing and eight touchdowns. He leads the team with 186 yards rushing this season.

Brown said he suffered the injury when he fell on the shoulder after he had his feet cut out from under him during the game.

"It's tough on me because I hate sitting out," Brown said.

Danny Ware likely will start against Louisiana-Monroe. Ware has 86 yards rushing. Kregg Lumpkin is expected to see more playing time behind Ware.

Coach Mark Richt was not yet ruling Brown out of this week's game.

"He's banged up and he's sore," Richt said. "We've got to see how he progresses. But if he's in a weakened position, you could make it a lot worse so we're being cautious with it right now."

Richt stopped short of saying there probably is no reason to risk a more serious injury to Brown this week against Louisiana-Monroe (0-2), especially since the No. 7 Bulldogs (2-0) have more important Southeastern Conference games the following two weeks at Mississippi State and at Tennessee.

Meanwhile, Jackson had surgery Tuesday to repair the damage to his right thumb.

Danny Verdun Wheeler, who had been the backup strongside linebacker, will start for Jackson this week at the weakside linebacker spot.

Olaolu Sanni-Osomo, who moved to linebacker from free safety this year, will play behind starting strongside linebacker Brandon Miller.

Backup weakside linebacker Dannell Ellerbe is questionable with an ankle injury. Senior Jamario Smith provides depth as what Richt called a "putty man" at all three linebacker spots.

Richt said Jackson likely will miss next week's game at Mississippi State, unless he is able to make a quick return and play with a cast on the hand.

Richt said Jackson is "very probable" for the Oct. 8 game at Tennessee. By then, Jackson likely would be able to play with a brace on his hand instead of a heavy club-like cast.

Jackson, a junior from Atlanta, is tied for second on the team with 12 tackles, including 10 against South Carolina. But there is no dropoff in experience with Wheeler, who started nine games in 2004.

"It really doesn't hurt us because Danny knows everything about the position," Miller said. "He's going to play well."


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