Georgia wide receiver Malcolm Mitchell out for surgery until August

Malcolm Mitchell, Georgia’s top wide receiver, is scheduled to undergo knee surgery this morning but is expected to be fully recovered by August.

The junior from Valdosta will have arthroscopic surgery to his right knee after suffering the injury in last Saturday’s scrimmage, according to the program.

He’ll be out of action for Saturday’s G-Day game and the two remaining practices next week, but is expected to be back by the team’s preseason camp.

Tight end Arthur Lynch said players didn’t even know Mitchell was injured until a couple of days later.

“He’ll be fine,” Lynch said. “He’ll be back in probably three weeks. I think it’s the same thing (former Georgia center) Ben Jones had in 2011 and Ben was literally practicing in a week. It’s not going to be anything too serious as long as he rehabs it.”

Mitchell had 40 catches for 572 yards with four touchdowns last season despite playing cornerback early in the season and led Georgia with 16 kickoff returns for a 22.5-yard average.

This is the latest injury that Mitchell has dealt with at Georgia.

He missed three games due to a hamstring injury in 2011 and was sidelined for the 2012 opener with a sprained ankle.

Georgia already is missing receiver Michael Bennett this spring as he works his way back from a torn ACL. He is expected to be fully recovered this summer. Freshman receiver/running back Tramel Terry also is out this spring after sustaining a torn ACL in a high school all-star game.

— Marc Weiszer covers Georgia football for onlineathens.com. Follow him on Twitter or check for updates on his blog.

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