ATHENS, Ga. – Georgia running back Nick Chubb is expected to miss the rest of the season after injuring his left knee Saturday in the Bulldogs’ loss at Tennessee.
“I think it’s pretty safe to say he’s out,” coach Mark Richt said Sunday on his weekly teleconference.
Chubb was injured on the first play from scrimmage in the 38-31 loss.
Chubb damaged several ligaments and cartilage, but did not have an ACL tear. Georgia’s director of sports medicine, Ron Courson, said it’s repairable, full recovery is expected and surgery will take place within two weeks.
Chubb came into the game with 13 consecutive 100-yard rushing games. After a 2-yard run, he was hit by cornerback Emmanuel Moseley and later by linebacker Jalen Reeves-Maybin. Chubb was taken from the field and returned to watch the second half from the sideline.
“All rehab is tough, but the best news is that there was no damage to a nerve or anything vascular, like an artery,” Richt said. “That was the best news of all and of course the ACL not being damaged was great as well. Just like Ron said, we feel the damage is all repairable and that he can make a full recovery. It’s just going to be a matter of how much time, and we’re not quite sure of the timetable on that.”
Sony steps up
Fellow sophomore Sony Michele will pick up the rushing load for Georgia (4-2, 1-2 SEC), which fell out of the Top 25 on Sunday.
Michele rushed 22 times for a career-high 145 yards against Tennessee and caught three passes for 26 yards. But he fumbled on a kickoff return late in the second quarter to help Tennessee rally from a 24-3 deficit to outscore the Bulldogs 35-7 in a victory.
This marks the third consecutive season Georgia has seen its top running back go down to injury. In 2013, Keith Marshall tore his ACL in a victory at Tennessee and, last year, Todd Gurley suffered an ACL injury in the fourth quarter of Georgia’s win over Auburn.
On the season, Michele has rushed 63 times for 423 yards and four touchdowns and has 12 catches for 174 yards and three TDs.
Richt said he expected Marshall, who played in but three games last season due to injury, to take a more prominent role as the Bulldogs’ top backup.
“We definitely need more than one back to run in the ballgame, so Keith will get more opportunities and I wouldn’t be surprised to see Brendan Douglas get more opportunities as well,” Richt said.
Douglas, a junior, has 10 carries for 60 yards this fall.
Georgia hosts Missouri on Saturday night.