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ATHENS, Ga. -- Georgia coach Mark Richt called tailback Todd Gurley "day to day" on Sunday after the All-SEC tailback sat out the second half of Saturday's 44-41 win against LSU with a sprained left ankle.
"It's no surgery or nothing like that," said Richt, whose team will visit Tennessee next weekend. "Just kind of get as much treatment as you can and get it ready as soon as you can."
Gurley suffered the injury at the 11:25 mark in the second quarter at the end of a 23-yard run to midfield. LSU defensive back Craig Loston was in the process of tackling him along the Tigers' sideline when Gurley rolled the ankle awkwardly and tumbled to the ground.
Gurley immediately hobbled across the field to Georgia's sideline, where a team of trainers and medical staffers examined him there and in the Bulldogs' locker room. Gurley returned to the sideline in the second quarter but did not re-enter the game. And when the Bulldogs came back from the locker room for the second half, Gurley was wearing a walking boot on his foot and it was obvious that his game was done.
Gurley had rushed for 73 yards on eight carries against the Tigers and leads the team with 450 rushing yards (112.5 per game). Keith Marshall took over in his absence and finished with 96 yards on 20 attempts. Freshmen Brendan Douglas (two carries for 2 yards) and J.J. Green (one for 18) also carried the ball with Gurley out, and Richt said their practice touches will increase this week with Gurley's status uncertain.
"[Green is] definitely going to have more carries this week. Brendan Douglas will have to have more carries this week if we can't get Gurley ready," Richt said. "We've just got to kind of wait and see what's going to happen. They're definitely going to get more reps in practice because I don't see Gurley going full speed Monday or Tuesday.
"Like I said, we've just got to kind of go day by day with it. My guess is Gurley's going to be limited in the amount of practice reps he takes, so these guys have got to get those reps and be ready to play."