The six points that the Georgia Bulldogs received for scoring their first touchdown of the year came at a heavy price. The team’s top receiver, Malcolm Mitchell, will miss the rest of the season after injuring himself while he was celebrating the scoring play, a 75-yard run by Todd Gurley. To make matters worse, Georgia ended up losing the game to Clemson, 38-35.
Bulldogs coach Mark Richt announced Sunday that Mitchell did damage to the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee when he landed awkwardly during the celebration.
"[Mitchell] actually hurt it in the exuberance of the first touchdown of the game for us when he went to congratulate his teammate," Richt said. "I think he jumped up and chest bumped or whatever, and he landed in a bad way and that's when he knew something had happened."
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"Malcolm unfortunately has an ACL injury that needs to be repaired here. I'm not sure when we'll do the surgery, but sometime in the near future. So what we thought happened did happen. It was confirmed by the MRI today."
Mitchell totaled 40 catches for 572 yards and four touchdowns last season, ESPN reported.
"We've got other guys that have gone deep that can make plays for us, but Malcolm was certainly one guy that can do that," Richt said. "He had great speed, quickness, he would snatch the ball in traffic. He was a great competitor."
Gurley also left the game after his long touchdown run but, unlike Mitchell, he got back on the field.
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"I do not think after talking to Todd after the game that it's anything that's going to be serious at all," Richt said. "You never know how a guy's going to feel the next day, but I think Ron would have said something to me if he thought something was going on with Todd or with anyone else."