Georgia Tech injury report: It's good to 'back off' to keep players healthy, says Paul Johnson

Josh D. Weiss-US PRESSWIRE

The Yellow Jackets' head coach told the media on Tuesday that some players need to be given time off or else a team won't have any players left by the end of the year.

Although a pair of players were withheld from practice on Tuesday, Georgia Tech Head Coach Paul Johnson is hopeful that the Yellow Jackets will have their full starting lineup ready for Saturday's game against the No. 3 Georgia Bulldogs. Johnson talked to Ken Sugiura of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution about the necessity to give players days off:

"We're going to play seven straight games again without a break," he said. "If you don't back off on them a little bit, you're not going to have anybody left."

One of the two players that sat out on Tuesday was running back Orwin Smith with an ankle injury. The senior has 673 yards and five touchdowns on just 75 carries, an average of nine yards per carry, which is somehow lower than the average of his sophomore and junior seasons. Also sitting out on Tuesday was guard Omoregie Uzzi, although his injury was undisclosed.

The Yellow Jackets also expect to get offensive tackle Will Jackson back after he missed a handful of games due to a shoulder injury. Although Jackson was a starter at the time of the injury, Johnson will elect to keep Morgan Bailey, his replacement, in as starter.

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