When it comes to his knees, Malcolm Mitchell just can’t buy a break.
As Georgia gets set to open summer camp Friday they will apparently do so without Mitchell, with the Macon Telegraph, Athens Banner-Herald and 247Sports.com all reporting that the wide receiver won’t participate in the first practice today. According to the reports, one of Mitchell’s knees is the issue yet again.
UGA subsequently confirmed that Mitchell underwent an arthroscopic procedure on his right knee, which came a couple of months after he had been cleared to participate in summer workouts. There’s no definitive word on when the receiver will be able to join his teammates on the field at camp.
According to the school, Mitchell suffered cartilage damage running routes with teammates late last month. A full recovery is expected, although, again, just when is very much up in the air.
This setback continues what’s been a long line of injury setbacks, particularly as it relates to the knees.
Mitchell suffered a torn ACL — celebrating a touchdown, no less — in the season-opening loss to Clemson last year. He was cleared and had been participating — in non-contact fashion — in UGA’s spring practice earlier this year before another leg injury in the first session knocked him out for the remainder of the spring.
Prior to that, he suffered a torn meniscus and had his knee ‘scoped in April of 2013. But wait, there’s more: he didn’t play in the 2012 opener because of an ankle injury, with a hamstring issue costing him three games the year before.
When healthy, Mitchell is productive, as evidenced by his career totals of 85 catches for 1,237 yards and eight touchdowns. It’s also evidenced by the fact that, despite missing essentially the entire 2013 season, he was named second-team All-SEC last month.