Malcolm Mitchell tears meniscus, expected back for preseason

semerson@macon.comApril 4, 2013 

ATHENS - Georgia has suffered another injury to a key receiver, this time the most key one, but still expects to be at full strength come preseason camp.

Malcolm Mitchell tore his meniscus during a scrimmage last Saturday and had arthroscopic surgery on Thursday, the team announced. Mitchell will miss the remainder of spring practice - Saturday's G-Day game and two practices after that - but is expected to be ready to start the season.

A team press release said that according to head athletic trainer Ron Courson, Mitchell is "expected to make a full recovery by the team's preseason camp in August."

"He'll be fine," tight end Arthur Lynch said. "He'll be back probably in about three weeks. I think it's the same thing Ben Jones had in 2011 and Ben was literally practicing in a week. So it's not gonna be anything too serious as long as he rehabs it."

Georgia is also expecting Michael Bennett, who tore his ACL early last season, to be at full strength come preseason camp. Bennett has been running on the side during spring practice.

Freshman Tramel Terry, an early enrollee, is also recovering from a torn ACL, which he sustained in a high school all-star game in December. The team is hoping to have Terry, one of its highest-rated recruits, available for the opener at Clemson, but head coach Mark Richt has said he's uncertain.

Mitchell is one of the top playmakers on the offense and, if healthy, could contend for all-SEC honors this season. Despite playing the first four games on defense last year, he finished second on the team in catches (40) and receiving yards (572). He was also the team's leading kick returner.

Injuries are not new to Mitchell, a Valdosta native, who missed last year's season opener with a foot injury, and three games in 2011 with a hamstring.

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