September 11, 2009

Cox comes clean about shoulder

ESPN.com is confirming what was first reported by UGASports, that Georgia quarterback Joe Cox has a problem with his throwing shoulder.

On Thursday, UGASports quoted three sources speaking on condition of anonymity that Cox was having shoulder problems and that was the reason backup Logan Gray ran Georgia's first-team offense against the scout team D in preparation for Saturday's game against South Carolina.

Those same sources also said that appeared Gray could start the 7 p.m. contest set to be televised on ESPN2, although head coach Mark Richt said that Cox would still get the call.

"It's nerve problems caused by a muscle that protects my rotator cuff," Cox told ESPN.com. "One of the muscles that protects the rotator cuff has wasted away and that puts pressure on the rotator cuff."

Cox, who said he first noticed the pain this spring and that his throwing and lifting schedules have been altered.

The North Carolina native told the website that he doesn't think the injury has affected his velocity, or that he will need surgery.

Earlier Thursday, Richt was asked about Cox's shoulder but instead of commenting directly about an injury, Richt said, "What we've been doing with Joe is giving him, we have practice Sunday when we don't throw and Monday we don't practice. Tuesday, of course we do practice, but we give him off Wednesday as far as throwing the ball."

Richt continued, "(Thursday) he'll work. The guy's been here five years, he's getting old. No, we want to make sure he's as fresh as he can be and that's why we did that. We want Joe to have as much pop as he can have, that's why we do it."

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