More On Moreno’s Sore Shoulder

Running Back Knowshon Moreno

Running Back Knowshon Moreno

ATHENS – Knowshon Moreno wore a green non-contact jersey during Friday’s practice. But Mark Richt said there’s no reason for hand-wringing.

Coaches held last season’s leading rusher out of contact drills as a precaution for a sore left shoulder and not because of an imminent need to protect an injury on the eve of full-pad workouts.

“It’s hard for him not to get run into or bump into somebody while he’s trying to break through the line,” Richt said. “But he’s okay.”

Moreno worked out with the running backs with assistant coach Tony Ball on Friday. But he did not participate in any drills that might put pressure on the shoulder.

“When he’s working Tony’s drills and he’s running through the blaster, or just any kind of drill where he might practice pass protection, Tony can tell he’s favoring that side,” Richt said. “Knowshon is not the kind of guy who’s going to go to the trainer and say, ‘My shoulder is hurt’. It’s up to the coaches’ discretion on something like that.”

Richt leaned toward keeping Moreno in a non-contact jersey for today’s first full-pad sessions. The non-contact jersey means defenders can wrap him up but they cannot bring him to the ground.

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