Posted by Jerry Hinnen
UPDATE 4:55 p.m. EST: Georgia has issued its official statement on the Aaron Murray injury, and the verdict is: a sprained ankle, suffered during a pick-up soccer game. X-rays on the ankle were negative and Murray is not expected to miss any of the Bulldogs' spring practice. There is, as the saying goes, nothing to see here, other than a potential team policy change regarding the other kind of football.
Someone at the Red and Black has some explaining to do, it sounds like.
From earlier today:
It's been a positive offseason so far for Georgia, who saw their "Dream Team" concept take off on the recruiting trail, opened a dazzling new training facility, and have filled their position coaching vacancies in impressive fashion . But those positive vibes have come to an abrupt halt today with this report that starting quarterback Aaron Murray has suffered a major ankle injury.
According to UGA student newspaper The Red and Black, Murray broke his ankle in two separate places while participating in a "team activity" Saturday afternoon. Though the report has yet to be confirmed by university officials (the Red and Black reports that a confirmation or denial could come as soon as this afternoon), Murray was spotted using a pair of crutches on campus Monday.
If the report is accurate -- and Georgia legend/current radio personality David Pollack has already taken to Twitter to suggest it's not -- Murray will certainly miss Georgia's spring practice, casting the spotlight on early-enrolled true freshman Christian LeMay and sophomore Hutson Mason.
It seems highly unlikely -- ankle broken or not -- that Murray will miss any time in the fall. But with Mark Richt's job legitimately in the balance after their 6-7 disaster of a year ago, the Bulldogs can ill afford to lose any preparation time with the freshman All-American who will no doubt be the centerpiece of Mike Bobo's offense in 2011.
UPDATE 2:14 p.m. EST: Multiple other media sources on the Georgia beat are saying that Murray has sustained an injury of some kind, likely to his foot, but that's it's not a broken ankle and that Murray could still participate in most of spring practice. At this point, it seems somewhat unlikely the Red and Black report is entirely accurate.