Georgia freshman RB Elijah Holyfield seen in boot; how serious is it?

ATHENS, Ga. – Georgia true freshman running back Elijah Holyfield was seen Saturday in a walking boot that extended up to his knee. Coach Kirby Smart was not asked about Holyfield’s injury Saturday and isn’t scheduled to meet with the media again until Wednesday.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that Holyfield injured his ankle Saturday during the Bulldogs’ second scrimmage of fall camp. Holyfield looked to have moved into position to play in the September 3 opener against North Carolina.

Starter Nick Chubb looks as if he'll be ready to play against North Carolina. Smart says Sony Michel is questionable and that there's no timetable for his return.

"I wouldn't set it right now," Smart said. "It's one of the deals that's a medical decision right now. They're trying to decide when it's safe for him to go back and do things."

Michel has been wearing a black non-contact jersey during practice.

"He's playing in seven-on-seven right now so that's an upgrade, but we're not hitting him, either," Smart said. "So it's a situation that's in the medical hands. There probably is a date where we say, 'Hey, we need to know something by …' but it's not like Sony hasn't played football. The biggest thing for him is going to be ball security."

Michel broke his left forearm during the July 4 weekend and had surgery to repair the injury.

Smart has said he expects Michel to be ready for the Bulldogs' first SEC road game against Missouri on September 17. That is Georgia's third game of the 2016 season.

If Holyfield misses any game action, it would mean more carries for senior Brendan Douglas. It could also force redshirt freshman Tae Crowder or true freshman Brian Herrien into action.

Smart praised Herrien for the way he performed during the Bulldogs' scrimmage on Saturday. "I think Brian Herrien ran the ball well," Smart said.

Chubb praised Herrien earlier in the week. He said that Holyfield reminds him a lot of himself and that Herrien reminds him of Michel.

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