Sturdivant suffers another knee injury

Georgia offensive tackle Trinton Sturdivant has suffered yet another major knee injury.

The fifth-year senior sustained a torn ACL in his right knee during Saturday’s closed scrimmage, Georgia said Sunday after tests on the knee.

Sturdivant twice previously in his career had season-ending ACL-related injuries to his left knee.

The injury likely will cost him the 2011 season and could bring an end to his collegiate career. A Georgia spokesman said that the school’s medical staff likely would wait until “after the surgery to address those issues.”

The Wadesboro, N.C., product will undergo surgery sometime this week to repair the ligament and he is expected to continue rehab at Georgia, according to director of sports medicine Ron Courson.

Sturdivant could choose to pursue a sixth season due to medical reasons, but might also decide to pursue a pro career instead.

Sturdivant was a freshman All-American in 2007 when he started all 13 games at left tackle, but tore three ligaments to his left knee – including the ACL – in the preseason of 2008. He returned to start the 2009 season opener against Oklahoma State before sustaining a torn ACL to the same knee in that game and missing the rest of that season.

Sturdivant started seven games last season and 21 in his career -all at left tackle. He considered entering the NFL draft this winter, but returned.

“Both sides are very risky,” Sturdivant said after he decided to come back. “If I stay I could get injured and potentially never play NFL ball, but if I left I would have reached my goal hopefully of making it to the NFL. There were some more obstacles this year with the lockout. …I feel like I’ve made a really good decision.”

Before the Liberty Bowl in December, Sturdivant talked about coming back from the injuries.

“The process was really tough when it happened the second time knowing that the ultimate goal for every college player should be the NFL,” he said. “For that to be tarnished because of the injuries was tough and being that you won’t be able to play with your teammates and you don’t know if you’re going to be able to come off the injury and play well. It was a struggle. My mind mentally was struggling.”

Sturdivant had split time between left tackle and right tackle this spring with Cordy Glenn under new offensive line coach Will Friend. Glenn now is likely to be the starting left tackle.

Georgia does not have much depth at tackle, where the backups this spring include Austin Long and A.J. Harmon. Brent Benedict is also another possibility at tackle.

Coaches could also look to move guard Kenarious Gates or Justin Anderson from guard to tackle.

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