Updates from Friday, Sept. 12
Yahoo! Sports' Dr. Saturday provides an update on Malcolm Mitchell's status:
Per @marcweiszer, UGA coach Mark Richt said that WRs Justin Scott-Wesley & Malcolm Mitchell will not travel with the team to South Carolina.— Dr. Saturday (@YahooDrSaturday) September 12, 2014
Updates from Wednesday, Sept. 3
Malcolm Mitchell has not been ruled out of Week 3's game against South Carolina according to Marc Weiszer of Athens Banner-Herald, who spoke with coach Mark Richt:
Richt said WR Malcolm Mitchell (knee) didn't jog today by design after 3 days in a row. "I would just say he's day-to-day right now."— Marc Weiszer (@marcweiszer) September 3, 2014
Updates from Tuesday, Sept. 2
Seth Emerson of the Macon Telegraph reported on Malcolm Mitchell's recovery and if he'll play this week against South Carolina:
Malcolm Mitchell did not have a brace on his right knee, just some wrapping below the knee. Jogging on side is an improvement for him.— Seth Emerson (@SethEmerson) September 2, 2014
Mike Bobo says there's an "outside chance" that Mitchell and/or Scott-Wesley could play vs. South Carolina, adding: "Right now I'd say no."— Seth Emerson (@SethEmerson) September 2, 2014
Georgia wide receiver Malcolm Mitchell is dealing with another setback in his recovery from an ACL injury. No timetable for his return has been set following arthroscopic surgery.
Chip Towers of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports Mitchell was running routes to get prepared for the Bulldogs' preseason camp when he suffered the latest injury. The school provided few details about his outlook after surgery:
UGA on Friday confirmed that Georgia's star wide receiver will miss at least 'the first part' of Georgia's preseason practices after suffering the injury while running pass routes with teammates this week. He underwent arthroscopic surgery on Thursday to repair cartilage damage. A full recovery is anticipated, but his availability for the Bulldogs' season opener against Clemson will have to be determined later.
Mitchell was originally hurt in last season's opener against the same Tigers squad Georgia is slated to face to start this season. He missed the rest of the campaign but was expected back at full strength in time for the Clemson rematch.
What type of impact will it have on the Georgia offense if Mitchell isn't ready for Week 1?
It hasn't been a smooth process, however.
In March, Jerry Hinnen of CBS Sports noted Mitchell was forced to miss the latter stages of spring practice after suffering an injury involving his left leg. The report stated he was expected to recover in time for fall practice.
Mitchell seemed on pace to reach that expectation, and now he's forced to take another step back. It's an unfortunate string of issues for a wideout who showed so much potential over his first two seasons.
The junior caught 85 passes for over 1,200 yards and eight touchdowns over that span. He emerged as a key target on third down and in the red zone for the run-first offense.
Seth Emerson of the Macon Telegraph provided some insight on how long the injury may keep the talented target sidelined:
Last year Michael Bennett, also coming off ACL surgery, had his knee scoped and only missed two games. We shall see on Mitchell this time.— Seth Emerson (@SethEmerson) August 1, 2014
Michael Bennett and Chris Conley will once again be expected to step up in his absence. They were the team's two leading receivers last season, but it's hard to expect the offense to reach its full potential if Mitchell isn't ready to go for the opener.
The Bulldogs will hope he's able to make a quick recovery from his latest surgery. The key will then be getting him through a couple of practice sessions without any further setbacks. Based on the last 12 months, it's unfortunately far from a guarantee.