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Georgia RB Nick Chubb out against Tennessee

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(Associated Press)

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – If Georgia is going to get back on track against Tennessee, they’ll have to do so without Nick Chubb. The Bulldogs star running back had been questionable all week after spraining his left ankle during last Saturday’s loss to Ole Miss.

“I don’t think he’s going to play,” Henry Chubb, Nick’s father, said to Dawg Nation. “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.”

Not having Chubb couldn’t come at worse time for Georgia. They’re looking to rebound after a dismal performance at Ole Miss. The Bulldogs trailed by 31 at halftime and 45 in the third quarter before putting up two meaningless touchdowns that did nothing to ease to sting of a crushing 45-14 defeat .

Close calls against the Nicholls and Missouri raised doubts about Georgia. Total domination by Ole Miss on both sides of the line ended the honeymoon for first-year coach Kirby Smart.

"We've got to show improvement at pretty much every position," Smart said bluntly.

With Chubb out Georgia will depend on the duo of Brian Herrien and Sony Michel to carry the rushing load. They’ve combined for a total of 290 yards (nearly six yards per carry) and three touchdowns this season.