Mitchell jogs at practice, has 'outside chance' to play

semerson@macon.comSeptember 2, 2014 

ATHENS - It's a small measure in the right direction for Malcolm Mitchell, who has yet to play a football game in more than a year.

Georgia's junior receiver was jogging on the side during Tuesday's practice. He was not dressed out, however, meaning he was not going to participate in football activities.

Still, it was the most Mitchell has been seen doing during a media viewing period since he had arthroscopic knee surgery in late July. Up until Tuesday, the only glimpse of Mitchell at a practice since then had been when his legs were in a cast and he needed crutches.

Fellow receiver Justin Scott-Wesley was also jogging on the side. Scott-Wesley also tore his ACL last season, and then recently injured his ankle.

Georgia offensive coordinator Mike Bobo said after practice that there was "an outside chance" that the receivers could be ready for South Carolina.

"Right now I would say no, but the first of next week could change some things," Bobo said. "We'll see. Hopefully by next Tuesday we'll know something."

Mitchell did not even need a brace on his right knee on Tuesday, just some wrapping below the knee. Mitchell tore the ACL in his right knee in last year's season opener against Clemson, then had multiple setbacks this year: An undisclosed injury early in spring practice, and then a "tweak" of the knee in late July that required surgery.

Head coach Mark Richt has declined to give a timetable for Mitchell or Scott-Wesley's return, saying on his radio show Monday that each was "day-to-day" as far as their recovery.

Georgia has a bye this week, before playing at South Carolina on Saturday.

Note: Apologies for the very grainy and dark video, posted above. It's the best we could do. Just trust that the little green object is Mitchell jogging.

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