ATHENS — Receiver Justin Scott-Wesley appears to be contemplating whether to end his days as a player, after another setback with his right knee.
Scott-Wesley was spotted at Monday’s practice in shorts and a T-shirt, his knee wrapped, almost acting as an assistant coach as he watched the receivers. Later on Monday night he posted a photo of himself at practice on Instagram, along with a tweet that said:
“When one door closes, another opens! That’s how God works! Blessed for the opportunity to learn and teach! #CoachMeCoach.”
Scott-Wesley hurt his knee in practice on Aug. 17. It does not appear to require surgery, sources have said, but it marks the third injury to the knee and Scott-Wesley is worried about his ability to return at full-speed.
Coach Mark Richt, asked about Scott-Wesley on Saturday, said he didn’t expect Scott-Wesley to return “for awhile, if at all.”
Scott-Wesley tore the ACL in the knee in October of 2013, and didn’t return until midway through last season. Then he required arthroscopic knee surgery in early July, but was able to return for the start of preseason practice.
Scott-Wesley, a fifth-year senior, would not be a likely candidate for a sixth year, because that goes to players who have had to miss most of at least two years because of injury. The injury in 2013 came past the four-game cut-off for a medical redshirt, and he redshirted in 2011 for non-medical reasons.
In three seasons, Scott-Wesley has 25 catches for 498 yards and four touchdowns. He’s responsible for one of the best Georgia highlights over that period, the 85-yard touchdown against South Carolina in 2013, helping to seal the victory.