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Georgia running back Sony Michel broke left forearm in Sunday accident

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Georgia running back Sony Michel spoke about being more of a leader after Kirby Smart said he wished he'd be more of one.

Georgia now has another running back dealing with a significant injury.

Sony Michel sustained a broken left forearm Sunday and underwent successful surgery Monday, the program announced. Michel is expected to make a full recovery.

Georgia stated the injury occurred during an accident. His surgery took place at Athens Regional Medical Center to repair what the program called a fracture.

Michel is expected to begin a post-operative rehabilitation program soon.

It’s unknown if Michel will be ready for the season opener Sept. 3 against North Carolina. Broken bones typically take anywhere between two to three months to heal if everything goes as planned. Michel will be returning from an injury alongside fellow running back Nick Chubb, who sustained a major knee injury last October against Tennessee.

Michel, entering his junior season, rushed for 1,161 yards and eight touchdowns in 2015 after taking over for Chubb. Starting the final seven games last season, Michel ran for more than 130 yards four times, including the game against Tennessee in which Chubb suffered his knee injury. Both Michel and Chubb’s timetables for recovery are uncertain.

Behind Chubb and Michel at the running back position are freshman Elijah Holyfield, senior Brendan Douglas, sophomore Shaquery Wilson, sophomore Tae Crowder and freshman Brian Herrien.

Michel is no stranger to playing with a broken bone in his body. In 2015, Michel broke a bone in his right hand in a game against Florida and was still able to play against Kentucky the week after.

Prior to Georgia’s confirmation of Michel’s injury, teammate Isaiah McKenzie took to his Instagram account to wish Michel a speedy recovery.

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