ATHENS — Justin Scott-Wesley injured his knee during Monday’s practice, and since then Georgia hasn’t released any information on the severity of the receiver’s injury. By Saturday, there were conflicting opinions on how soon, or even whether, Scott-Wesley will return.
First there was coach Mark Richt, making it sound bleak.
“I’m not sure we’ll see Justin for awhile, if at all,” Richt said.
But senior offensive tackle Kolton Houston, when asked whether he felt for Scott-Wesley, made it sound like he would return. In fact Houston said Scott-Wesley was “running around a little bit today.”
“JW’s definitely battled some ups and downs, but that’s life. JW is gonna bounce back,” Houston said. “He works hard, he gets back in the treatment room. He’s gonna get back out there. I’m not really sure exactly what’s going on. I saw him running around a little bit today. … He fights hard, and he’s gonna get back out there.”
Asked if Scott-Wesley was running around on the side and using an exercise bike, Houston answered, “yeah, yeah, yeah.”
Scott-Wesley, a fifth-year senior, has battled knee problems. He tore his ACL in October of 2013, and didn’t return to games until midway through last season. He required arthroscopic knee surgery in early July, but was able to return for the start of practice.
In this case, Georgia has not announced whether Scott-Wesley will require surgery.
Meanwhile, Richt provided some updates on a few other players:
– Fullback Christian Payne, who had been running first team before suffering a cracked fibula, is likely out for the season opener, but could return for Week 2.
– Inside linebacker Tim Kimbrough, who reportedly hurt his knee two weeks ago, should return “real soon,” Richt said, and be ready for the season opener. So should Reggie Carter, whose injury is unknown.
– Receiver Isaiah McKenzie, who hurt his hamstring early in camp, should also be ready for the start of the season, and is “really close.” McKenzie has been practicing in a limited capacity.
– As for Saturday’s scrimmage, there was nothing that immediately looked to be long-term, Richt said.