Georgia receiver Justin Scott-Wesley's right knee injury could be a long-term issue, head coach Mark Richt said on Saturday.
When asked about Scott-Wesley's status for the first game of the season against Louisiana-Monroe, Richt said it will be a while for Scott-Wesley to return, "if at all."
This is the first time Richt has hinted at the duration Scott-Wesley could be sidelined.
Scott-Wesley injured his knee during last Monday's practice after falling while running a route.
Georgia senior right tackle Kolton Houston said Scott-Wesley has been doing some rehab work during practice, which includes Saturday's scrimmage.
“(Scott-Wesley) has definitely battled some ups and downs but that’s life," Houston said. "J-W’s going to bounce back. He works hard, he gets back in the treatment room. He’s going to get back out there. I’m not really sure what exactly is going on. I saw him running around a little bit today. That’s more of a (director of sports medicine) Ron (Courson) question. But yeah, he fights hard and he’s going to get back there.”
This is the third injury to Scott-Wesley's right knee. In 2013, Scott-Wesley tore his right ACL. This past summer, Scott-Wesley underwent an arthroscopic procedure to repair his right meniscus.
Richt also offered updates on other players, including linebackers Tim Kimbrough (knee) and Reggie Carter (undisclosed). Richt said both should be healthy enough to be available for the season-opener.
Richt said fullback Christian Payne (cracked fibula) will probably not play against Louisiana-Monroe. He said that receiver Isaiah McKenzie, who pulled his hamstring but has returned to practice in a limited capacity, is close to being at full strength. McKenzie should be fine for the Louisiana-Monroe game.