Georgia Tech’s injury situation unclear

ATLANTA, GA - SEPTEMBER 04: Ethan Wolf #82 of the Tennessee Volunteers fails to pull in this reception against Brant Mitchell #51 of the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on September 4, 2017 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Credit: Kevin C. Cox

Credit: Kevin C. Cox

An update on the injury status of Georgia Tech linebacker Brant Mitchell and offensive tackle Jake Stickler before the team’s matchup with No. 7 Clemson was not forthcoming from coach Paul Johnson on Wednesday. He did offer an insight into their overall well being, though.

“He’s fine,” Johnson said of Mitchell before moving onto Stickler. “He’s fine, too. I don’t know if they’ll play, but they’re all good.”

Mitchell did not play in the Wake Forest game Saturday after leaving the Miami game with a lower-body injury. Stickler left the Wake Forest game with an upper-body injury and did not return. Having both back would be helpful to Tech’s chances.

Mitchell has played effectively in the middle of the field in a run-stopping role. Stickler has been part of the offensive tackle rotation, a group that could likely use as much rest as possible given that Clemson’s defensive line is deep and talented. Without Stickler, Tech’s starting five on the offensive line would be playing without an experienced backup at any position.

Official word will come out in the team’s injury report, released each week on Thursday evening.

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