The season has not yet started for the Georgia Bulldogs and they already will be without one of their top players. Rant Sports learned today that cornerback/wide receiver Malcolm Mitchell will not play in the home opener against the Buffalo Bulls.
The Georgia Bulldogs released a statement stating that the injury was sustained during practice Thursday afternoon and that it was a form of left ankle sprain.
“I can confirm that he sustained a left ankle sprain in yesterday’s practice and will not play in tomorrow’s game against Buffalo” said Claude Felton, Sports Information Director at UGA, in the statement. “No projections at this point on his availability for next week’s game.”
The injury is a huge blow to the team’s secondary that will already be without Sanders Commings and possibly Bacarri Rambo. The school has been silent on how long Rambo will be suspended but it is certain that Commings will miss time in September.
The Bulldogs can get by without Malcolm Mitchell, a projected starter at cornerback, against Buffalo but if the injury lingers past the season’s first week, the team will need to find a capable starter for week 2 against Missouri. Ankle sprains typically take a couple of weeks to fully heal, though players often play through the pain. However, if the sprain is of the high ankle variety, Malcolm Mitchell may be out three to four weeks.
In Mitchell’s absence, cornerbacks Devin Bowman, Sheldon Dawson, and Damian Swann will see increased snaps. Swann will step in at Malcolm Mitchell’s starting spot as he played key snaps for the team in the 2011 season. Bowman, a redshirt freshman, and Dawson, a true freshman, will need to step up in their first season to help the Bulldogs not miss a beat on defense. The three players are very capable replacements but are not the type of player Mitchell is.
Malcolm Mitchell had been practicing as both a cornerback and wide receiver this fall but his injury will not make too much of an impact at the wide receiver position. Mitchell is listed as the third wide out at the split end position behind Marlon Brown and it was unclear how much playing time he would receive at the position.
Either way, the Bulldogs will hope for a quick recovery for their young cornerback, Malcolm Mitchell.
Chris Lionetti covers the Georgia Bulldogs for Rant Sports.
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