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Georgia reserve offensive lineman Chris Little was hoping to find a way to get some playing time this year.

Instead the redshirt freshman is out for the season with a broken left foot sustained on Aug. 15, director of sports medicine Ron Courson said Monday through a spokesman.

Little has undergone surgery on the foot and was in a cast on Monday. He already had foot surgery in March after suffering a stress fracture on the second day of spring practice.

"I'm trying to get back into the mix of things," Little said early in preseason practice when he was working third-string left guard.

Little has endured much in the past year.

The 2006 USA Today All-USA first-team selection reported last year at 380 pounds and said he didn't start practicing until the off week before the Florida game.

He got his weight down to 330 this spring, but the 6-foot-6 Twiggs County product reported this preseason at 350.

His mother, Shirley Little, died suddenly in late spring of an enlarged heart and hypertension.

"I'm fine now," Little said earlier this month. "It was hard for the first couple of months trying to finish out the spring semester. Now I have two little brothers at home that I talk to constantly to try to make sure that they're OK."

Little's father and an aunt care for his brothers, he said.

Little is the second offensive lineman lost to a season-ending injury this month. Starting left tackle Trinton Sturdivant suffered a knee injury.

King returns to mix

Georgia running backs Knowshon Moreno (shoulder) and Caleb King (hamstring) were out of their green, non-contact jerseys as Georgia Southern game week arrived.

"It's good to see more healthy bodies out there," coach Mark Richt said Monday. "Caleb looked pretty good today. I didn't study him but I did catch him a few times. I wouldn't have known that he had any problem before today."

King said he's back to full-speed. Richt said the pecking order behind Moreno at tailback will be determined after a final staff personnel meeting.

Practice bothers Richt

Georgia practiced through heavy rain early in practice but when the wet stuff went away, the Bulldogs looked like they wanted to as well, Richt said.

"Practice I thought was pretty bad considering we're five days away and it was our last day in pads," Richt said.

Richt is worried that Georgia hasn't practiced in hot enough weather this month for what could be a hot and humid gameday.

"Right now with the weather that we've had and the injuries that we've had, I can't honestly say that we're as prepared to play game one as we have been," Richt said.

Richt backs bowling

Bowling anyone? Georgia announced Monday the start of the "Coach Richt Bowling Challenge".

The non-alcohol event for UGA students will be held on Thursdays at Showtime Bowling Center at 10:30 p.m. There are signups this week and competition starts Sept. 4.

This and that

Wide receiver Walter Hill and defensive end Jeremy Longo will play with "clubs" on their broken hands. Hill will be available to block, run routes and do special teams. ...Linebackers Akeem Dent (hip pointer) practiced in a non-contact jersey but said he'll play. ...Richt said he still hasn't determined the final status on the team of suspended players Jeff Henson and Donavon Baldwin.

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