Coming off a big win against Clemson in the opener, Georgia enters a bye weekend that will ostensibly gives the Bulldogs extra time to get healthy prior to yet another huge matchup with South Carolina.
Whether it will have an impact on the availability of UGA’s two most experienced and productive wide receivers, however, remains to be seen.
Neither Malcolm Mitchell nor Justin Scott-Wesley participated in summer camp last month due to injury. Mitchell, who tore an ACL in the season opener last year, suffered a leg injury during the first spring practice session and ultimately underwent arthroscopic surgery in late July to clean up some cartilage damage. Scott-Wesley, meanwhile, is still recovering from an ACL tear he suffered last October while also dealing with an ankle injury.
Both players missed the opener — Scott-Wesley would’ve missed it even if healthy due to a one-game suspension for pot possession — with their offensive coordinator offering a slight sliver of hope that one of both of them will be back for the key SEC East game against the Gamecocks Sept. 13.
“There is an outside chance, but I think it’s still too early to tell,” Georgia offensive coordinator Mike Bobo said according to the Athens Banner-Herald. “Right now, I would say no, but the first of next week could change some things.”
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It does appear, though, that Mitchell is the closer of the two when it comes to a return to the playing field. Mitchell was seen jogging during UGA’s practice Tuesday, and was doing so without the brace that had become a fixture on his right knee.
Both, however, remain day-to-day.