Oct 3, 2020; Athens, Georgia, USA; Georgia Bulldogs defensive back Richard LeCounte (2) pushes Auburn Tigers wide receiver Anthony Schwartz (1) out of bounds during the first half at Sanford Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

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Georgia S LeCounte out of hospital, will miss Florida game

Georgia safety Richard LeCounte was released from the hospital after being involved in a traffic accident Saturday night, coach Kirby Smart said.

Smart said Wednesday that LeCounte was in Georgia’s training room Tuesday receiving treatment.

LeCounte, who has started 33 games for Georgia, was riding a dirt bike when it struck a vehicle that was attempting to make a left turn, the Athens-Clarke County Police Department said in a statement Sunday. After hitting the vehicle, LeCounte’s dirt bike went into oncoming traffic and struck another car.

DawgNation reported that LeCounte was admitted to the intensive care unit of the hospital with a concussion, bruised ribs and a shoulder injury before being moved to a regular room on Monday.

It’s not known whether LeCounte will return this season, but he will miss the annual rivalry game on Saturday between No. 5 Georgia (4-1) and No. 8 Florida (3-1).

Florida coach Dan Mullen sent his well wishes to LeCounte in the SEC Coaches teleconference on Wednesday.

“I’m glad to see with Richard, and I think he’s a fantastic football player, I think everyone was a little worried about that,” Mullen said. “I’m glad to see he’s safe and is going to recover and healthy, and it’s not as severe (an) accident as I heard it potentially could have been. So I’m happy for him, and he’s in our prayers.”

The accident occurred after the Bulldogs returned home from their 14-3 win in Lexington, Ky. LeCounte had a career-high 13 tackles, a fumble recovery and three passes defended in the game.

He has 176 tackles and eight interceptions in 43 games over three-plus seasons with Georgia.

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