Georgia defensive end Abry Jones underwent surgery Tuesday to repair a torn ligament in his left ankle, according to the head coach of his high school team.
Northside coach Kevin Kinsler, who has communicated with Jones’ parents via text messages, said “they’re looking at about six weeks,” of recovery time. That length of time would mean he would be out for the rest of the regular season.
Georgia coach Mark Richt would only say that Jones won’t play Saturday against Florida, but would not even confirm the surgery.
“He won’t play this week is all that I can confirm,” Richt said. “There’s reasons for that, but that’s what I’ll confirm at this point.”
The 6-3, 309-pound senior from Warner Robins has started 26 games for the Bulldogs, the third most of any current Bulldogs defensive player.
“They’re going to have to give it a couple of days until the surgery and then probably reevaluate,” said Kinsler, who was defensive coordinator at the school when Jones played there. “Our concern is because he’s one of our former players. We just want to make sure that he’s OK. It’s a tough thing to have happen to you your senior year.”
He has 17 tackles this season, including one for loss and 106 tackles and five sacks in his Bulldogs career. Coaches voted him third-team preseason All-SEC this year.
Jones injured the ankle early in the first quarter of Saturday’s 29-24 win atKentucky. He had sprained the same ankle against Vanderbilt and missed the Tennessee game.
The loss of Jones could mean more playing time for sophomore Ray Drew. Senior Cornelius Washington also can be expected to see more time at end after playing outside linebacker this season.
Georgia could also continue to play nose guard John Jenkins at end alongside Kwame Geathers at nose guard. Nose guard Mike Thornton also can play end.
Junior end Garrison Smith already was on track to receive more playing time in the second half of the season.
“We’ll mix them all in there,” defensive coordinator Todd Grantham said Tuesday night. “Obviously, John will play some outside. We’ll get Garrison (Smith) going a little bit, and we’ll just have to see how we play it after that.”
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