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Georgia announced Monday that linebackers James DeLoach[db] and [db]Davin Bellamy will both undergo surgery today to repair respective thumb injuries suffered in practice on Sunday.
DeLoach's operation will be to repair a sprained ulnar collateral ligament while the surgery on Bellamy will be to repair a fracture.
Both players are expected back for the season-opener at Clemson.
"You've got a lot of hand-to-hand combat in there and your digits get pushed back sometimes and get damaged," head coach Mark Richt said after practice. "So, we'll clean them up with the surgery and then club them up to protect them and they'll be back practicing relatively soon. You don't miss an awful lot of time on that and we're hoping when the game week rolls around they'll just about every finger and the thumb free by then. But we'll club them up for a while and still let them practice."
That's obviously good news for the Bulldogs.
DeLoach was listed as the team's starting Sam linebacker heading into preseason camp while Bellamy was apparently making quick strides.
"He (DeLoach) knows enough of what to do, plus he'll be taking mental reps," Richt said. "I think he'll be fine."
Richt said senior Chase Vasser will work as the No. 1 Sam while DeLoach is out.
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