Jalen Carter was a noticeable absence for the Georgia defensive line in the second half against Mizzou on Saturday night.

The star defender appeared to suffer a leg injury on a low block that some thought should have been flagged for a penalty.

During his postgame press conference following the narrow win, coach Kirby Smart said the Georgia medical staff believes Carter has a sprained MCL (via 247Sports):

“[Jalen] tried to go back, he couldn’t,” Smart said. “We think it’s an MCL sprain, which is probably good news. Tough, too, because it was a tough block, a tough, tough cut block that they do well. He wanted to go back, but he couldn’t go back.”

As Smart said, all things considered, this is probably good news involving Carter, as things could have been much worse.

We’ll see how long this sidelines the Georgia star, as the Bulldogs have some big games coming up in the next few weeks.