Georgia's 34-10 victory in Jordan-Hare Stadium against No. 18 Auburn did not come without some bumps in the road. Georgia's offense was forced to overcome some adversity, as Auburn jumped out to an early 3-0 lead, the first time Georgia trailed in 2021.
It was not the deficit that worried fans, nor was it the absence of starting quarterback JT Daniels; rather, it was the growing injury list that sees fans wary of its next test at home versus Kentucky.
A little under mid-way through Auburn's opening offensive drive, the injury bug would strike Georgia, as starting safety Christopher Smith left the game with a shoulder injury after delivering a punishing hit to an Auburn tight end.
An injury in a similar situation last season to Richard LeCounte gave rise to Christopher Smith, who quickly asserted himself as the safety pairing with the hard-hitting Lewis Cine. Smith is also well known for his interception returned for a touchdown against Clemson, the only touchdown scored that game. Smith would not return to the game; CBS would show the senior defensive back on the sideline later on with his pads and helmet off.
Injuries didn't stop with Smith; later on, starting left tackle, Jamaree Salyer went down with an ankle injury that occurred during a pile-up which consisted of players landing on the senior offensive lineman's ankle. However, Salyer's replacement Broderick Jones provided a performance up front that made it seem like there was not much of a drop-off.
Following the game in his press conference, Smart would confirm these injuries and provide updates on two others.
"We lost Chris Smith to a shoulder injury. Jamaree Salyer had an ankle injury. We have a lot of guys out, just look at the list."
"Kenny (McIntosh) tried to play. We thought he'd be able to go, he just couldn't go, along with Jermaine Burton."
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