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Yellow Jackets battling flu bug that continues to linger

Georgia Tech players were dealing with the flu last week, but it didn't stop them from cruising past Duke, 42-24.

Josh D. Weiss-US PRESSWIRE

As Georgia Tech prepares to take on the Georgia Bulldogs, a flu bug continues to float around the Yellow Jackets' locker room. The illness kept defensive end Izaan Cross out of the Duke game last weekend, and is now affecting other players, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Coach Paul Johnson reportedly dealt with the ailment himself, and he said that it has taken most people three or four days to get it out of their system. Johnson's greatest fear is that players will contract the disease on Wednesday or Thursday, which would put their status for Saturday in question.

Center Jay Finch is not taking any chances. He told the media, "I started drinking Robitussin and taking Mucinex a month ago, just in case."

The Yellow Jackets will need all the help they can get on Saturday, as Georgia will be supremely motivated. A win will launch the Bulldogs into the SEC championship game, and give them a chance at playing for a national title.

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