Georgia CB Malkom Parrish Underwent Surgery on Foot Injury

Timothy RappFeatured Columnist

JACKSONVILLE, FL - JANUARY 02: Malkom Parrish #14 of the Georgia Bulldogs gestures during the TaxSlayer Bowl game against the Penn State Nittany Lions at EverBank Field on January 2, 2016 in Jacksonville, Florida.  (Photo by Rob Foldy/Getty Images)
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Georgia cornerback Malkom Parrish broke a bone in his foot and underwent surgery but has not yet been ruled out for the team's season opener.

Georgia coach Kirby Smart told reporters (via the Associated Press) that Parrish will need two to four weeks to recover and could feature against Appalachian State on Sept. 2.

Seth Emerson of Dawg Nation first reported news of the injury Aug. 18. Parrish reportedly suffered the during practice on Aug. 15, per Jason Butt of the Telegraph.

Parrish, a senior, has started 25 games over the past two seasons, registering 49 tackles, a sack, two interceptions and nine passes defensed in 2016. He's established himself as a consistent and important starter for the Bulldogs. 

With Parrish out of action, nickelback and safety Aaron Davis likely will move into a starting role opposite Deandre Baker, while Tyrique McGhee or Deangelo Gibbs could also see additional snaps.

But Parrish's injury and Davis' potential move to starting cornerback will represent a major shakeup in Georgia's secondary, a unit Smart has already identified as one that needs to show improvement.

"I know everybody thinks we have all those guys coming back, but we’ve got to play better," Smart said Aug. 10, per Butt. "We’ve got some big guys up front. We’ve got some linebackers who can run. But we haven’t played to the level I think we’re capable of in the secondary. We really don’t have the guys behind them in the right places yet playing real good football."