ATHENS, Ga. -- Georgia safety Jakar Hamilton is unlikely to play this season with a diagnosis of two stress fractures in his right ankle, a source tells Dawgs247.
The condition dated back to the offseason, though an MRI only recently revealed the fractures.
Hamilton has not practiced since the early days of the preseason with what was initially said to be a hamstring injury.
He has his redshirt year available, which means could stay in school after graduation in the spring and play his senior season in 2012.
Hamilton entered preseason in competition with Shawn Williams for a starting safety spot. Cornerback Sanders Commings has also moved into the top rotation at the position recently, joining Williams and Bacarri Rambo.
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UGA coach Mark Richt confirmed Hamilton's injury, saying the timetable is "at least, historically, two or three months to heal. My guess is he won't play this year. He does have the opportunity to redshirt."
"He's been having some issues," Richt added, "and you really couldn't locate exactly what it was. One day it was one spot. One day it was another. We finally did a bone scan on it and realized it was something in there we couldn't detect otherwise. ...
"He was a very good special teams and he was also competing for downs as a safety. I would think a young man like Corey Moore would probably get a better opportunity to play in the specials and he's one step closer to the field as a safety also. I would imagine that would light a fire under him a little bit."
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