June 18, 2009

DT Wood says he's healing slowly

It's been somewhat of a slow go for junior defensive end Brandon Wood, who continues to recover from off-season surgery on his left shoulder and left wrist.

"I'm doing good, but injury-wise I'm probably running about 70 percent," Wood said. "It's coming slow. I'm taking it slow."

Wood, who say out spring practicce has played in 16 games his first two seasons with the Bulldogs, is listed as a backup on the defensive front behind Geno Atkins, Jeff Owens and Kade Weston.

The former Haralson County standout underwent surgery on both his shoulder and wrist last January to repair the injuries suffered during the Bulldogs' victory over Michigan State in the Capital One Bowl.

Wood said he's still expects to be ready for the start of preseason drills in August although that has not officially been confirmed.

"I should be ready right around camp, or at least sometimes during it, but I don't know yet," he said. "I haven't gone over any of that with the doctors yet."

In the meantime, Wood says he will continue doing what he can during the summer workouts to get back as quick as he can.

"Work-out wise I'm working out some with the bench and a little with the squats, but not much," he said. "I can't hit the dummies yet but I can do the drill work with my feet. I'm just going to keep working hard until things get better."

Last fall the 6-foot-1, 285-pounder played in 10 games for Georgia, collected 11 tackles and was credited for half a sack.

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