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Georgia Bulldogs hit with COVID ‘spike’ ahead of home opener

Sep 4, 2021; Charlotte, North Carolina, USA; Georgia Bulldogs head coach Kirby Smart during warm ups before the start of the first quarter against the Clemson Tigers at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 4, 2021; Charlotte, North Carolina, USA; Georgia Bulldogs head coach Kirby Smart during warm ups before the start of the first quarter against the Clemson Tigers at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports

The Georgia Bulldogs have been hit with a COVID-19 spike, with three or four players sidelined by the virus ahead of their home opener this weekend.

Georgia coach Kirby Smart said last month that more than 90 percent of the team’s players, coaches and staffers had been vaccinated. But then sports medicine director Ron Courson tested positive last week.

Smart didn’t identify the players.

“I’ll be honest with you, I’m as concerned as I’ve ever been, because we have three or four guys out with COVID and we have a couple staff members that have been out with COVID here recently,” Smart said. “For us, we’re at our highest spike.

“These are people that are vaccinated,” Smart said. “We’re talking about breakthroughs, and so that concerns you not only for the players on your team that are unvaccinated, that are playing and not playing, because we want everybody to be safe. But it concerns me for the players that are vaccinated that we could lose them.”

Coming off their 10-3 win against Clemson over the weekend, the No. 5 Bulldogs will host UAB in Athens on Saturday.

–Field Level Media