Kirby Smart updates Kearis Jackson surgery, Dominick Blaylock and George Pickens’ recoveries

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041721 Athens: Georgia wide receiver Kearis Jackson gets in the endzone catching a touchdown pass from JT Daniels during the third quarter of the G-Day Game at Sanford Stadium on Saturday, April 17, 2021, in Athens. “Curtis Compton / Curtis.Compton@ajc.com”

HOOVER, Ala. — Georgia receiver Kearis Jackson underwent an offseason procedure on his knee but is expected to be ready for the start of fall camp.

Bulldogs coach Kirby Smart updated the team’s injury status during his appearance at the Wynfrey Hotel on Tuesday at the SEC Media Days kickoff event.

The receiver position, with George Pickens and Dominick Blaylock not cleared for action, and Demetris Robertson transferring out, has been particularly hard hit.

“The receiver position has been the one we have had the most injuries accumulate, and we are also at a deficit there with the numbers we want because of the portal guys that left,” Smart said. “So it’s not that we don’t have good receivers, it’s that we don’t have a lot of depth so we have to stay healthy there.”

Smart said Tuesday that Arik Gilbert remains on track to be cleared to play this fall, as expected.

ackson, a leader in the receivers room and the projected starter in the slot, is also expected to be back on the field soon.

“Kearis had a little knee procedure, clean-up, but he’s coming back now and will work out and do everything, and we expect him to be back in fall camp,” Smart said. “He’s had about four or five weeks in the summer he’s been out.”

Smart said Blaylock, who suffered a torn ACL last August, continues to work his way back.

“Dom is not completely cleared yet,” Smart said, “he’s been able to do a lot of receiver drill work, but he’s not cleared yet for contact.”

Marcus Rosemy-Jacksaint suffered a sprained ankle during summer workouts, Smart said, but nothing that will sideline him.

Pickens, who suffered a torn ACL in March, continues to work hard with hopes of being able to play later in the 2021 season.

“George has made great progress, George is running, straight line,” Smart said. “I’m excited about that, and seeing George out there running gets you excited, but you also understand that straight line is a lot different than playing football. So he’s still a ways away.”

Smart said linebacker Nakobe Dean is also expected to be cleated for fall drills after missing spring following offseason surgery to repair a torn labor.

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