Coach: DE Abry Jones has ankle surgery, likely to miss six weeks

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-Warner Robins coach Kevin Kinsler said he has communicated with Jones’ parents via text messages and said “they’re looking at about six weeks” of recovery time. That length of time would mean Jones would be out for the rest of the regular season with a chance to return for a bowl game.

Georgia coach Mark Richt would only say that Jones won’t play Saturday against Florida.

“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 that this point.”

The 6-foot-3, 309-pound senior from Warner Robins has started 26 games, 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.”

Jones 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.

“Of course he was kind of down,” said sophomore end Ray Drew, who has talked to Jones. “This is one the biggest games on the Georgia schedule and in his career.”

Jones injured the ankle early in the first quarter of Saturday’s 29-24 win at Kentucky. He had sprained the same ankle against Vanderbilt and missed the Tennessee game.

The loss of Jones could mean more playing time for Drew at a position that also includes Garrison Smith, Cornelius Washington (who has played outside linebacker) and nose guard John Jenkins.

“Everybody’s been working that position trying to figure out who’s best suited for it and who can help out,” Drew said. “We’ve got to have people ready to roll in and ready roll to give people breaks.”

Richt said Drew better be ready “because he’s going to play. … He’s going to get a bunch of snaps this game.”

“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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