Honestly, I'm surprised the media doesn't draw more ire from coaches by asking the same questions, re-phrasing questions to re-ask them from a slightly different angle, or asking the most blatantly obvious.
Georgia receiver Michael Bennett — one of a pack of Dawgs to be injured at Tennessee last Saturday — has undergone surgery for a torn meniscus in his right knee. There is no official timetable for his return, but it is expected that he can be back in action in a matter of weeks.
UGA has already lost receivers Malcolm Mitchell and Justin Scott-Wesley for the season due to knee injuries. Bennett missed all of last season with a torn ACL. While the Bulldogs will have to play without their top three wideouts for sometime, at least one of the three is expected to return. At some point.
With running back Keith Marshall done for the year and starting running back Todd Gurley dealing with an ankle sprain, coach Mark Richt has been peppered with questions about ailments and his depth chart. Yesterday on WSB-AM radio in Atlanta, the top dog barked:
“Well, you know, I’m tired about talking about the injury report. That’s all everybody talks about. We need to talk about who’s healthy. We need to talk about who’s going to play in this ballgame (against Missouri). We’re sorry for the guys that got hurt and I’m sure they can figure it out on the internet. It’s time to talk about the next man getting his opportunity and play well and certainly loving up the guys who got hurt. If we want to talk about it all week, I’m going to stop it now.”
Richt later apologized on Twitter “about being grumpy.”
It seems clear that Georgia’s coach doesn’t want Georgia’s healthy backups — who’ll now be thrust into action — to hear too much of the “Well, the Dawgs are doomed now” talk.
Good luck with that one, Coach.