UGA LB DeLoach not expected to miss games due to thumb surgery

By Chip Patterson | College Football/Basketball Writer

Georgia linebacker James DeLoach is not expected to miss much time after undergoing surgery on his left thumb Monday. The sophomore was one of two linebackers to undergo a similar procedure this week, the other being freshman linebacker Davin Bellamy.

"They'll be practicing relatively soon," coach Mark Richt said. "It will probably be a couple of days, but it won't be a long time. It won't be a full or two weeks or anything like that."

DeLoach is expected to start at outside linebacker opposite Jordan Jenkins when the Bulldogs open the 2013 season at Clemson on Aug. 31. DeLoach appeared in 13 games for the Bulldogs as a freshman in 2012, but recorded just four tackles on the season.

Bellamy, a freshman, is also expected to be ready after undergoing surgery to repair a broken left thumb. According to Georgia, both players suffered the injury in Sunday's practice.

"You've got a lot of hand to hand combat in there," Richt told the Athens Banner-Herald. "Your digits get pushed back sometimes, they get damaged. We're going to clean them up with the surgeries then club 'em to protect them."

Georgia (No. 5) and Clemson (No. 8) were both ranked in the Top 10 in the preseason Coaches Poll, released by USA Today last week. The game, set for a primetime kickoff in Death Valley, will likely be one of the most-watched games of college football's opening weekend.

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