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Georgia WR Malcolm Mitchell to miss spring practice after injury to left leg

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ATHENS, GA - NOVEMBER 24: Malcolm Mitchell #26 of the Georgia Bulldogs runs with a catch against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets at Sanford Stadium on November 24, 2012 in Athens, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)

Georgia WR Malcolm Mitchell's return to the football field after tearing his right ACL in the 2013 season-opener has been halted by an injury to his left leg.

The Bulldogs announced Saturday that Mitchell would miss the rest of spring practice after suffering what was termed a "left leg injury." No details were provided other than to say that Mitchell would be ready for fall practice in August. That statement obviously means that the spring injury is not nearly as severe as the ACL tear.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution said Mitchell wore a non-contact jersey during the team's first spring workout on Tuesday and looked to be sprinting at full speed. However, following the practice, Georgia coach Mark Richt said that Mitchell wasn't able to finish the workout "because his knee was sore." After Saturday's announcement, Richt's statement could have been referring to either of Mitchell's knees.

"The good news is we think he’ll be ready by the summertime to be working and be 100 percent by the time camp starts,"  Richt said after Saturday's practice via the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer. "A lot of times the big question is are that going to happen or not. We don’t think it will cost him the season at all or even any camp for that matter.”

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Mitchell tore his right ACL against Clemson while celebrating a touchdown. RB Todd Gurley had scored on a 75-yard touchdown run and as he Mitchell and Gurley bumped chests while jumping, Mitchell landed awkwardly and suffered the knee injury.

Last spring, Mitchell had surgery for a meniscus tear in his right knee. In 2012, he had 40 catches for 572 yards and in 2011 he had 45 catches for 665 yards.

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