Keith Marshall Injury: Updates on Georgia RB's Knee, Likely Return Date
Mark Richt is facing a running back crisis as Keith Marshall was forced to leave Georgia's Week 6 matchup with Tennessee in the first quarter.
CBS' Eye on College Football reported that Marshall looked to have injured his right knee on a big hit from a Vols defender:
Uh-oh: Keith Marshall takes a big hit to his right knee and is down, grabbing the knee. Doesn't look good.— Eye on College FBall (@EyeOnCFB) October 5, 2013
Marshall has since been ruled out for the season.
UPDATE: Sunday, Oct. 6
From Stewart Mandel of Sports Illustrated:
Mark Richt: Georgia WR Justin Scott Wesley and RB Keith Marshall both out for the season.— Stewart Mandel (@slmandel) October 6, 2013
Even his teammates weren't able to look at the injury, via ESPN.com's Wright Thompson:
The teammates coming to comfort him cant look at his knee RT @Mark_Schlabach: Doesn't look good for Keith Marshall. In tears on the sideline— Wright Thompson (@wrightthompson) October 5, 2013
Coming as no surprise, it was later determined he would be out for the game, via ESPN SEC:
CBS says Keith Marshall is out for the game.— ESPN_SEC (@ESPN_SEC) October 5, 2013
Yahoo! Sports' Pat Forde pointed out Georgia's normal starting running back, Todd Gurley, was already absent and in street clothes on the sideline:
Wow. Keith Marshall down for UGA. Gurley in street clothes. Gotta go three-deep early in this game.— Pat Forde (@YahooForde) October 5, 2013
From AJC UGA:
Keith Marshall leaving the field on the back of a golf cart. Knee in ice. Xrays and MRI's likely coming next.— AJC UGA (@ajcuga) October 5, 2013
Prior to leaving the game, Marshall had been very effective, running for 33 yards on five carries. In addition, he helped the Bulldogs build a 3-0 lead.
The sophomore has been great in the right situations for Georgia so far this season. Gurley has gotten the majority of carries, but when he has needed to take a rest, Marshall has been there to provide another steady option on the ground. His 96 yards on 20 carries were pivotal in the Bulldogs' 44-41 win over LSU last week.
He'll be a huge loss to this offense. Brendan Douglas and J.J. Green should see an uptick in workload while Marshall is out.
Be sure to check back for the latest updates regarding Marshall's injury when they become available.
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