Malcolm Mitchell didn’t make it through Georgia’s first spring practice this year and won’t be available when the Bulldogs open preseason practices Friday and for an undetermined period beyond that.
Mitchell’s status for the start of the season is now in question after the oft-injured wide receiver underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right knee Thursday “to address a cartilage injury,” Georgia announced Friday morning.
The second-team preseason All-SEC pick sustained the injury earlier this week while running routes with his teammates.
There is no timetable for his return, but a full recovery is expected, according to Georgia.
Coach Mark Richt said he “won’t make any guesstimate on when he’ll play. He’s going to play when he’s healthy.”
He added that it’s “hard to say for sure when he’ll be back.
This is the same knee that Mitchell injured when he was lost for the 2013 season after tearing an ACL in the opener at Clemson when celebrating a touchdown with teammates.
He suffered what the team called a left leg injury in a non-contact drill in the first spring practice and did not practice again.
Mitchell had arthroscopic surgery on his right knee in April 2013, missed the 2012 opener with a sprained ankle and three games with a hamstring injury in 2011.
He has 85 catches for 1,237 yards and eight touchdowns with the Bulldogs.
Receiver Chris Conley said two weeks ago that Mitchell was looking “explosive” in summer workouts.
“He’s running with the team, he’s doing 7-on-7s,” Conley said. “For Malcolm, it’s just making sure that he takes the time that’s necessary. Nobody’s in his body, nobody knows how he feels and he has to express when he needs to pull back a little bit. He’s an extremely hard worker and if you don’t monitor that, he may overwork himself.”