Already thin at receiver following the recent practice injury of Lawrence Cager, Georgia will be without George Pickens for the first half of the 2019 SEC Championship Game against LSU next weekend thanks to a foolish decision on the field.

If you missed it, Pickens was involved in an altercation during the Georgia Tech game and was ejected from the game for throwing a punch. The Tech player was not ejected, only Pickens was ejected from the game.

Because the ejection came in the second half of the game, Pickens is now facing a mandatory first-half suspension for Georgia’s next game, which just so happens to be the biggest game of the year for the Bulldogs.

Following the game, Kirby Smart was asked to share his reaction to Pickens’ actions and the receiver’s ejection.

“Just disappointed, that’s the biggest thing. We don’t want to reflect ourselves that way,” Smart said. “He would be the first one to tell you that. He lost his composure.”

Georgia now faces the tall task of playing without Pickens and Lawrence against LSU which means the rest of the Bulldog receivers need to be ready to step up next weekend.

How did Smart think they looked on Saturday?

“We did some good things, we did some things that we have to do better,” Smart answered. “We have to put them in a position to be successful. We got the ball into play-action and do more in that mentality.

“A lot of our scores are set up by punt returns or the one fumble in the end zone by those guys. Just got to keep improving. I’m proud of the way the receivers have worked, they got a ton of reps this week.”