After tearing his right ACL in the 2013 season opener against Clemson, Georgia Bulldogs senior wide receiver Malcolm Mitchell looked to be poised and ready for a bounce back campaign in 2014. However, that return is now on hold for the foreseeable future, as he re-injured that same knee during practice this week and was forced to undergo arthroscopic surgery to clean things up.
UGA confirms that Malcolm Mitchell injured his knee earlier this week and had it scoped Thursday. No timetable for return.
— Seth Emerson (@SethEmerson) August 1, 2014
Georgia WR Malcolm Mitchell, who tore right knee ACL last year, had arthroscopic surgery on same knee Thursday. No timetable on his return
— Brett McMurphy (@McMurphyESPN) August 1, 2014
Fortunately for Mitchell, this may only be a limited stay on the sideline, as the timetable for recovery could place him on track for an early return. Mark Richt and the Bulldogs open the season against those same Clemson Tigers on August 30th in Athens, but following that contest, Georgia has a week off before heading to Columbia to take on South Carolina.
Fortunately for Mark Richt and Mike Bobo, wide receiver is a position with some real depth on this roster, as Chris Conley, Michael Bennett, Justin Scott-Wesley and Jonathan Rumph all have excelled at times during their careers. Still, Mitchell is a potentially dynamic option, and it is never a positive to see a player like that suffering what could be a chronic injury. Stay tuned.