The injuries to tight end Darnell Washington and defensive back Tykee Smith appeared to be minimal. Then, things got a bit murky. Now, it seems the pair of Georgia players may not be ready for the start of the 2021 season.

According to Josh Pate of, Washington and Smith are each expected to miss a minimum of 3-4 weeks after both suffered foot injuries in practice on Tuesday. Because of that, the Bulldogs duo is “unlikely to be available” for the season opener against Clemson on Sept. 4, per Pate.

If neither can play, Georgia will be without a key player on each side of the ball.

Washington is entering his sophomore season after making 7 starts as a true freshman in 2020. He had 7 catches for 166 yards, but he could have a bigger role this year.

Smith is a junior who transferred from West Virginia, where he played in 22 games and made 17 starts over 2 seasons. He led the Mountaineers with 2 interceptions last year, while also ranking fourth on the team with 61 tackles.

Georgia will have to hope that both Washington and Smith get healthy and can contribute, as each is likely to be a starter for the Bulldogs in 2021.

Georgia’s Sept. 4 opener against Clemson in Charlotte is set for 7:30 p.m. ET on ABC.