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UGA's Nick Chubb reportedly out with injury vs. Tennessee, but he’s playing

Uh oh, Georgia.

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UPDATE: Chubb not only suited up for the game, he had one carry on Georgia’s second drive of the game against Tennessee.

With freshman quarterback Jacob Eason piloting the ship against a Tennessee team that is coming off a significant victory last week against Florida, Georgia will need all the help it can get. Losing its best running back is not a particularly helpful development. SEC Country reports that is exactly what has happened.

“I don’t think he’s going to play,” Henry Chubb, Nick’s father, said Friday afternoon. “He’s got that high-ankle sprain. He twisted it trying to make a cut against Ole Miss. He’s in good spirits and all. He understands it. The doctor said he’d need a couple weeks, so he’ll probably play next week.”

Chubb has been receiving treatment and rehabbing the injury early each afternoon when he got out of class this week.

The Dawgs will likely lean heavily on a committee backfield of Sony Michel, Elijah Holyfield and Brian Herrien in Chubb’s absence. Replacing Chubb’s explosiveness may prove too tough to overcome, however.

This week, oddsmakers have favored Tennessee by about a field goal in advance of Saturday’s matchup in Athens.

As Dawg Sports noted even before this news:

Running the football would be a great start but even that has proven to be a challenge against Tennessee’s athletic front. The Vols are currently fourth in the SEC in total defense and allowed just 106 yards on the ground last week against the Gators.