Georgia WR Malcolm Mitchell's recovery from a torn ACL is not going smoothly.
Mitchell, a redshirt junior in 2014, underwent knee surgery on Thursday to fix what UGASports.com termed a "cartilage issue" in his right knee. Mitchell hurt his knee while running routes with the other Georgia receivers on Monday.
He's expected to make a "full recovery" but a timetable has not been set for his return according to school officials. Mitchell tore his right ACL while celebrating a touchdown against Clemson in Georgia's first game of 2013 and missed the rest of the season. He went up for a chest bump and landed awkwardly.
“First of all, we won’t make any guesstimate on when he’ll play," Georgia coach Mark Richt said. He’s going to play when he’s healthy and ready to go. It was a scope. It was a cartilage issue so we’ll just see how quickly he can come back. It’s really hard to say for sure when he’ll be back and we don’t want to try do that.”
An injury to Mitchell's left leg forced him to miss spring practice earlier this year. When the school announced Mitchell's injury in the spring, it didn't provide specifics but said he would be ready for fall practice.
Mitchell had 40 catches for 572 yards in 2012. Georgia's first game of 2014 is again against Clemson on August 30.
“We’ve got a lot of depth and a lot of talent (at receiver)," Georgia QB Hutson Mason said. "Obviously not having Malcolm is definitely a buzzkill. It’s upsetting. He’s upset. I went and spoke with him last night. You can’t really say anything to a guy like that, you just pray for him. A lot of people ask me how this team is going to be this year and I ask what our injury list looks like. Those are the types of things that you hope and pray don’t plague our team like we had last year. The good news is Malcolm’s going to be back very soon.”
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