Southern receiver Devon Gales, who suffered a spinal injury against Georgia on Sept. 27, was able to recently stand up on his own for 50 seconds while going through his rehabilitation.
Georgia director of sports medicine Ron Courson, who has routinely visited with Gales since the injury, updated the athletic board at Tuesday's meeting of his status, and of where he stands with his recovery.
Gales is scheduled to leave the Shepherd Center on Feb. 24 and will visit the university to give thanks and appreciation on Feb. 25. He'll then head back to Baton Rouge to be with his family.
As far as the long-term prognosis with Gales, it remains to be seen.
"It’s really going to take about a year and a half to two years to really know what response he has," Courson said.
Following Georgia's win over Southern, Gales had surgery to replace the C6 vertebrae in his neck at Athens Regional Health Center. He was slated for an eight-week rehab at Shepherd following the surgery he underwent.
Georgia has honored and taken care of Gales since the injury, with Georgia wearing a light blue 33 -- Gales' number at Southern -- decal on their helmets for the remainder of the season. Courson gave Gales a black hooded sweatshirt with his name written on the front and with the Georgia logo as the G. The sweatshirt also had his number 33 written on the sleeves in red.
Gales has recently regained feeling in his knee and the bottom of his feet. He attended the Georgia-Georgia Southern football game and recently visited Stegeman Coliseum to watch Georgia's basketball team defeat South Carolina