To date, Malcolm Mitchell’s only running has been in pool

That’s according to Georgia coach Mark Richt, who provided a brief update Wednesday on Mitchell and his recovery from arthroscopic knee surgery three weeks ago.

“He’s getting a little bit of running in the water anyway,” Richt said after the Bulldogs’ two-hour, dress-rehearsal practice at Sanford Stadium. “I don’t know if he’s been out on the ground yet.”

That doesn’t bode well for Mitchell’s availability in the season opener. He underwent a cartilage repair in his right knee on Aug. 30. That’s after having an ACL reconstruction last fall that caused him to miss the entire season.

Sophomores Reggie Davis, Blake Tibbs and Kenneth Towns have been getting increased work at Mitchell’s flanker position in his absence.

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