Georgia's secondary takes another hit

Georgia safety Shawn Williams (left) injured his knee during a scrimmage game. It was another blow to the secondary, missing players because of suspensions.

ATHENS, Ga. — Georgia’s depleted secondary suffered another blow Saturday when strong safety Shawn Williams injured his knee.


Coach Mark Richt said after the team’s scrimmage that Williams likely won’t need surgery.

“We think it’s a non-op situation,” Richt told reporters. “He’s in there doing fine right now.”

The Bulldogs are hoping to contend for a national title in 2012, but they’re getting short in the secondary.

Off-season arrests resulted in a two-game suspension for cornerback and former Westside standout Sanders Commings (domestic dispute) and at least a one-game suspension for Branden Smith (marijuana).

All-American free safety Bacarri Rambo could face a marijuana-related suspension, too. Rambo’s high school coach said last week that the player will be suspended for the first four games of the season after meeting with Georgia athletic director Greg McGarity.

Richt and the university have yet to address Rambo’s issue publicly.

The Bulldogs will hold their G-Day game Saturday.

“I think the G-Day game will be a success if everybody gets to play between the hedges and in front of a good Georgia crowd,” Richt said. “I want this game to be a celebration of Georgia football.”

Georgia, which went 10-4 last season and won the Southeastern Conference Eastern Division, will have three practices next week before G-Day.



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