ATHENS — Mykel Williams, arguably Georgia’s fastest rising defensive star, will be sidelined the remainder of spring drills as a result of an ongoing foot injury.

Williams, a 2022 Freshman All-American and 2023 preseason All-American, has consulted with his family and Ron Courson (executive AD, sports medicine) and will undergo foot surgery with plans to begin running again in June.

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“He had a continuation of a small sesamoid bone,” Smart said at a press conference following the Bulldogs’ first scrimmage on Saturday.

“Ron felt like if he couldn’t handle it with maintenance, meaning treatment and getting better recovery, that we would have the possibility of (surgery), so we decided to do that.”

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Smart said the injury has been bothering Williams, who led Georgia with 4 1/2 sacks and tied Jalen Carter for team honors with 31 QB hurries.

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“It’s something that’s been nagging him,” Smart said. “We wanted to clean it up for him and get him healthy.”

Smart confirmed DawgNation reports that both Kendall Milton and Daijun Edwards have been dealing with hamstring injuries, declaring Milton out for spring while maintaining hopes Edwards can return for the final six practices of spring drills.

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Georgia injury report


WR Rara Thomas (knee), probable

WR Anthony Evans (ankle), questionable

RB Daijun Edwards (hamstring), questionable

RB Andrew Paul (knee), out

RB Kendall Milton (hamstring), out

DE Mykel Williams (foot), out

OLB Marvin Jones (shoulder), out

OLB Jalon Walker (shoulder), out

FS Dan Jackson (foot), out

TE Pearce Spurlin (collarbone), out

OL Josh Miller (shoulder), out