ATHENS — Georgia inside linebacker Tim Kimbrough had arthroscopic knee surgery on Monday, according to a source, but is expected to be ready for the start of Georgia’s season.
Kimbrough has not been at Georgia’s practice the past few days, and is expected to miss the next few weeks as well. The injury was described as similar to the MCL sprain that Justin Scott-Wesley suffered in July, and he was a full-go for the start of preseason practice less than a month later.
Coach Mark Richt declined to discuss Kimbrough’s injury after Wednesday’s practice.
“I’m not gonna talk much about injuries today, because I just don’t want to,” Richt said. “But Timmy’s gonna be fine relatively soon.”
Kimbrough was receiving first-team snaps the first week of practice, as the team searches for two starters to replace Ramik Wilson and Amarlo Herrera, each now in the NFL.
Georgia’s season opener against Louisiana-Monroe is on Sept. 5, three weeks from Saturday. So Kimbrough is still likely to be return to practice in time to not miss any games. But it could impact the competition at inside linebacker.
Leonard Floyd, who played outside linebacker the past two seasons, has been getting work at one of the two spots in the team’s base 3-4 package. Kimbrough had been at the other spot, and was starting alongside Reggie Carter in the team’s nickel pacakage.
The injury figures to open up a chance for several players: Senior Jake Ganus and freshmen Roquan Smith and Natrez Patrick.