Despite an earlier report from DawgNation’s Chip Towers that Georgia RB Nick Chubb would not play against Tennessee, head coach Kirby Smart maintains that Chubb will be a game-time decision.
Chubb injured his ankle against Ole Miss last week. On The Paul Finebaum Show Friday afternoon, Smart told the ESPN radio host that Chubb’s condition had improved “immensely” over the past two days.
“Nick Chubb remains to be a game-time decision,” Smart said. “Nick has improved in the last probably 48 hours immensely. We’re going to go out tomorrow in warmups, see how he does and if the medical staff clears him, he is going to play.”
Smart wouldn’t give a firm answer on Chubb’s status earlier in the week. The head coach said the running back has progressed a lot over the course of the team’s practices this week.
“Surprisingly I thought earlier in the week that he was very doubtful,” Smart said. “I didn’t know if he would be able to. But yesterday, he was able to do a lot. GPS-wise he ran better and had some good speed. So we felt a lot better about it yesterday.”
Henry Chubb, Nick’s father, told Towers that the running back had a high ankle sprain and that he probably would return next week.
“I don’t think he’s going to play,” Henry Chubb said Friday. “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.”
Tennessee was Georgia’s opponent when Chubb suffered a season-ending knee injury last season.
“This game is important to the kid,” Smart said. “But this decision can’t be based on who we are playing or when his other injury happened. It’s what’s best for him. It’s ultimately what we are looking at.”
Chubb has run for 422 yards and three touchdowns in four games this season.