June 29, 2006

Gant wary of potential shoulder injury

During the past year, the careers of many Bulldogs have been ravaged by shoulder injuries. Georgia defensive tackle Ray Gant's trying to avoid being another casualty of that list.

Having been in the Georgia program for more than four years now, Gant's put a lot of pressure on both of his shoulders by going up against Bulldog offensive linemen as either a defensive end or tackle. It's the wear and tear that both shoulders have taken over the past few years that have Georgia's team doctors concerned about Gant's shoulders.

To be on the safe side, Gant rested his shoulders last month and is limiting the workload put on them during the weightlifting portion of the Bulldogs' voluntary summer workout program.

"I can't have surgery even if I need it. I wouldn't have the rehab time for it. So I just have to hope and pray nothing happens," Gant said.

Gant is far from the first Bulldog to potentially be hindered by his shoulders. In 2004, Georgia had to do without a pair of experienced offensive guards due to shoulder injuries, Josh Brock and Bartley Miller. A total of eight different Bulldogs missed the most recent spring practice with freshman offensive tackle John Miller being among them.

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