September 29, 2012; Athens, GA, USA; Georgia Bulldogs cornerback Malcolm Mitchell (26) runs the ball in the second half against the Tennessee Volunteers at Sanford Stadium. The Bulldogs won 51-44. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Shirey-USA TODAY Sports

Georgia Bulldogs football: WR Malcolm Mitchell sidelined with knee injury

The Georgia Bulldogs will be forced to go through their preseason without star wide receiver Malcolm Mitchell, who once again has been sidelined with a knee injury.

Georgia confirmed the injury on Friday morning.

The latest knee injury for Mitchell was suffered while running routes during a practice this week, and he underwent an arthroscopic cartilage procedure.

From the Atlanta Journal Constitution:

UGA on Friday confirmed that Georgia’s star wide receiver will miss at least “the first part” of Georgia’s preseason practices after suffering the injury while running pass routes with teammates this week. He underwent arthroscopic surgery on Thursday to repair cartilage damage. A full recovery is anticipated, but his availability for the Bulldogs’ season opener against Clemson will have to be determined later.

The knee injury is a setback for Mitchell, who missed almost the entire season a year ago after suffering a torn ACL.

Mitchell suffered the torn ACL while celebrating the Bulldogs’ opening touchdown of the season.

It will be a big blow to the Georgia passing attack, who will be rolling with a new quarterback this season after losing Aaron Murray to the NFL. The good news, however, is that Georgia will be able to rely heavily on running back Todd Gurley to carry the offense.

There is no timetable for Mitchell’s injury, but his availability for the season-opener is currently up in the air.

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