An update on Georgia football QB JT Daniels' lat injury and his status for Arkansas

Marc Weiszer
Athens Banner-Herald
Georgia quarterback JT Daniels (18) during the Bulldogs’ practice session in Athens on Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2021. (Photo by Mackenzie Miles)

More details emerged Friday about the latest injury to Georgia football quarterback JT Daniels.

The redshirt junior has been diagnosed with a grade 1 lat strain, according to ESPN’s Holly Rowe who was in Athens for Saturday’s 12 p.m. kickoff against Arkansas.

Daniels will be a “game-time decision,” Rowe said on the SEC Network Friday night, citing coach Kirby Smart.

“He has been hit and miss at practice this week,” she said of Daniels. “Some days feeling great, other days not so much.”

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Georgia's practices were closed all week to the media, but Smart on Wednesday revealed the lat issue for Daniels, who sat out the UAB game on Sept. 11 due to an oblique injury. He has thrown for 434 yards and 5 touchdowns the last two games.

Rshirt senior Stetson Bennett stepped in as the starter for Daniels against UAB and threw 5 touchdown passes and would be in position to start if Daniels couldn’t go.

A Grade 1 strain is considered mild and can heal in one to three weeks, according to the wellnessdigest.com.

“Latissimus dorsi strains can happen anywhere in the muscle but are most common where the muscle connects to the upper arm,” according to the website. “A lat strain can cause pain in the middle and lower back, shoulder, and upper arm.

"If you suffer a mild strain, you will experience a pulling sensation and mild pain. It may cause some discomfort, but you will most likely be able to continue your activity. Most mild strains do not affect normal daily activities.”

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Smart this week call the Daniels’ injury “a little bit of a lat issue,” that he said bothered him some last week and some this week.

“He’s done a good job. He’s sharp," Smart said. "Watches all his tape, gets his rep and does a good job. We’re hoping he can stay that way.”