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Green took part in Wednesday’s practice but won’t be able to travel with the team to road games. Richt said he’ll try to get the receiver as much work as possible during the suspension so he’ll be ready to play when it’s over.

For now, “he’s hurt, he’s sad, he’s sorry for what happened,” the coach said.

With its own eligibility issues to worry about, the South Carolina Gamecocks downplayed the absence of Green for Saturday’s game.

“What I know from experience is it doesn’t matter who we line up against,” said punter-kicker Spencer Lanning, one of the Gamecocks’ captains. “We’re not going to take it any easier if he’s not out there.”

The Bulldogs had been working on a game plan that assumed Green would be eligible to play. Now, it will fall to players such as King and Kris Durham to take a leading role.

Last week, Durham led Georgia with five catches for 83 yards and a touchdown.

“Durham is basically in the game in a lot of situations when A.J. probably would’ve been in the game,” Richt said.

King didn’t play against Louisiana-Lafayette, serving a one-game suspension imposed by the school after he was charged with underaged possession of alcohol this summer.

Also returning this week is the Bulldogs’ leading rusher from a year ago, Washaun Ealey, who was suspended for one game for leaving the scene of minor car accident and driving on a suspended license.

Redshirt freshman quarterback Aaron Murray completed 19 passes to 10 different receivers in the opening game. Now, he’ll have to get by without Green in three more contests.

“It would definitely be nice to have him out there,” Murray said before the suspension was announced. “But the rest of the guys have worked unbelievably hard and they’re ready to step up no matter what.”

The ruling comes after much speculation that Green was involved in the NCAA’s probe into improper benefits given by agents to athletes at several schools, including North Carolina. The Tar Heels were without 13 players for their season-opening loss to LSU.

Part of the probe was a party at Miami Beach. Green insisted he didn’t attend, but Wednesday’s announcement showed the NCAA was looking at other benefits received by the player.

The school said Green has repaid the $1,000 to a charity. The players said they’ll stand behind him.

A.J. a pretty standup guy,” White said. “I wasn’t expecting him to get into trouble. But people make mistakes. To me, it’s not the end of the world. He’s still a great guy, still a great player.”

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