Justin Scott-Wesley has a big decision to make.
Since injuring his right knee in practice two Mondays ago, Scott-Wesley has yet to hit the field in a jersey and pads. This past Monday he was instructing his teammates as a coach, and even took to his social media accounts to write cryptic messages indicating that might be his new role with the team. While acting in this coaching role, Scott-Wesley backpedaled and appeared to move around well while wearing a wrap on the affected knee.
However, Georgia has yet to issue an official statement on Scott-Wesley since head coach Mark Richt said there was a chance he may not play this season this past Saturday. On Tuesday, a team representative stated that it’s an “uncertain status at this point” with Scott-Wesley.
It would appear Scott-Wesley is still deciding whether he can physically play football again or not. As for reports indicating he's leaning one way or the other, he tweeted Tuesday night that he's yet to say anything on the record about the subject.
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Ppl keep bringing these stories and articlesto my attention and there's one thing that remains consistent.There no direct quotes from me.— Justin Scott-Wesley (@JSW_86) August26, 2015
Although he ultimately deferred the question to Richt, junior receiver Kenneth Towns said Scott-Wesley hasn’t told him he’s quitting football at this time.
But having known Scott-Wesley since high school, Towns said his teammate will assist the Bulldogs in any way he can.
“He’s going to help out each and every way,” Towns said. “He wants everybody to do well. If he can’t go right now he’s going to help out all the receivers, giving us knowledge and tips.”
Scott-Wesley’s most recent injury is the third that’s occurred to his right knee. In 2013, he tore his right anterior cruciate ligament in a game against Tennessee. He had an arthroscopic procedure to repair his right meniscus earlier this summer. Those factors, along with the current state of his knee, could be weighing heavily on Scott-Wesley as he contemplates his football career.
With Scott-Wesley still figuring out his future, junior receiver Reggie Davis said he was happy to see his teammate on the field assisting the receivers when he acted as a coach on Monday.
“God gives his toughest battles to his toughest soldiers,” Davis said. “We just pray for him and hope he does well. … While he’s going through whatever he’s going through it’s good to see he’s still out there with us and trying to be with us regardless.”