Dogs want to move on

ATHENS, Ga. --- The last thing CJ Byrd wants to do is to think about Saturday's loss for two weeks. The senior safety and North Augusta alum hasn't been a part of many games that painful, he said.


A look at the injury report and a review of the game film, however, is enough to change his mind about hurrying back to the field.

Byrd is anxious to get back to winning games, but after Georgia's 41-30 loss to Alabama, he knows there's an awful lot of work to be done before that happens.

"I'd rather be back on the field as soon as possible to get this taste out of my mouth, but I think the bye week came at a good time," Byrd said.

"A lot of guys got injured out there, and this gives them a chance to get back healthy and come back prepared, more prepared than we were (against Alabama)."

The ghosts of Saturday's bludgeoning at the hands of the Crimson Tide will continue to haunt the Bulldogs for an extra seven days, as the team gets its first off week of the season, but the vacation couldn't have come at a better time.

On the field, Alabama underscored a long list of problems the Bulldogs will need to fix before they host Tennessee on Oct. 11 at Sanford Stadium. Off the field, as many as five key players could miss action because of injuries suffered against Alabama.

"It's good to get rested again, get healthy, get stronger and come back fighting," said running back Knowshon Moreno, one of the many walking wounded trying to find his way back on the playing field in time to take on the Volunteers.

Moreno, who leads the Bulldogs with 10 rushing touchdowns this season, suffered an elbow injury in the fourth quarter against Alabama, and head coach Mark Richt said the star tailback's status for the Bulldogs' next game is in limbo.

All-Southeastern Conference linebacker Dannell Ellerbe, wide receiver Kris Durham and tight ends Tripp Chandler and Bruce Figgins also are among Georgia's injured. Figgins is likely to miss the remainder of the season, and Durham and Chandler are unlikely to play against Tennessee.

Even the players who aren't questionable for Georgia's next game are running on fumes, Richt said.

"You've gone from early August to right now, a two-month stretch, we've been going at it pretty good, the coaching staff included," Richt said. "The coaches need to get a little rest, and the players do, too."



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