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Georgia stunned by loss to Missouri, hoping RB Todd Gurley can return against Vanderbilt

  • Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray throws under pressure from Missouri's Kony Ealy during the second half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013, in Athens, Ga. Missouri won 41-26. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

    Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray throws under pressure from Missouri's Kony Ealy during the second half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013, in Athens, Ga. Missouri won 41-26. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)  (The Associated Press)

  • Georgia running back Brendan Douglas (22) tries to get past Missouri's Eddie Printz during the second half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013 in Athens, Ga. Missouri won 41-26. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

    Georgia running back Brendan Douglas (22) tries to get past Missouri's Eddie Printz during the second half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013 in Athens, Ga. Missouri won 41-26. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)  (The Associated Press)

  • Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray (11) watches from the sideline late in their NCAA college football game against Missouri at Sanford Stadium Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013, in Athens, Ga. (AP Photo/Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Jason Getz)  MARIETTA DAILY OUT; GWINNETT DAILY POST OUT; LOCAL TV OUT; WXIA-TV OUT; WGCL-TV OUT

    Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray (11) watches from the sideline late in their NCAA college football game against Missouri at Sanford Stadium Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013, in Athens, Ga. (AP Photo/Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Jason Getz) MARIETTA DAILY OUT; GWINNETT DAILY POST OUT; LOCAL TV OUT; WXIA-TV OUT; WGCL-TV OUT  (The Associated Press)

Georgia coach Mark Richt says tailback Todd Gurley is "real close" to returning from a left ankle sprain.

Gurley has missed two straight games, including Saturday's 41-26 loss to Missouri that dropped Georgia eight spots to No. 15 in The Associated Press Top 25.

The loss left Georgia (4-2, 3-1 Southeastern Conference) needing a quick recovery when it plays at Vanderbilt this week. Gurley could help Georgia stay close to the top of the SEC East race, but Richt said Sunday he'll make sure the sophomore is fully recovered from the injury.

Georgia was hurt by four turnovers in its first home loss since 2011.

The Bulldogs have lost their other top tailback, Keith Marshall, and wide receivers Malcolm Mitchell and Justin Scott-Wesley to season-ending injuries.