Georgia defensive end Abry Jones underwent surgery Tuesday to repair a torn ligament in his left ankle, according to the head coach of his high school team.
Northside-Warner Robins coach Kevin Kinsler said he has communicated with Jones’ parents via text messages and said “they’re looking at about six weeks” of recovery time. That length of time would mean Jones would be out for the rest of the regular season with a chance to return for a bowl game.
Georgia coach Mark Richt would only say that Jones won’t play Saturday against Florida.
“He won’t play this week is all that I can confirm,” Richt said. “There’s reasons for that, but that’s what I’ll confirm that this point.”
The 6-foot-3, 309-pound senior started 26 games for the Bulldogs, the third most of any current Georgia defensive player.
Jones has 17 tackles this season, including one for loss and 106 tackles and five sacks in his Bulldogs career.
He injured the ankle early in the first quarter of Saturday’s 29-24 win at Kentucky.
The loss of Jones could mean more playing time for Ray Drew at a position that also includes Garrison Smith, former Burke County standout Cornelius Washington (who has played outside linebacker) and nose guard John Jenkins.
• Outside linebacker Jarvis Jones remains on track to play after sitting out the Kentucky game with a sprained ankle.
“He’s going to play unless something happens between now and then,” Richt said after Wednesday’s practice.
Jones was one of seven players added Wednesday to the watch list for the Maxwell Award as the nation’s top player.
OHIO STATE: Quarterback Braxton Miller, helped off the field and taken to a hospital during Saturday’s game, says he is fine and will be ready to go against Penn State.
Miller has practiced all week. He has been receiving daily rehab of massage, stretching, ice and anti-inflammatories for a sore neck. Other than that, he says he’s 100 percent.
WASHINGTON STATE: Coach Mike Leach has banned players from using Twitter.
He told The Spokesman-Review players posting anything on Twitter – “and I don’t care if it says, ‘I love life’ ” – will be suspended.
Athletic director Bill Moos says he supports the coach’s decision.
DISMISSED: A Columbus, Ohio, sports talk-show host who was suspended after he tweeted he wished ESPN’s Desmond Howard would get fired or die has been dismissed by his station.
WBNS 97.1 The Fan, an ESPN affiliate and the flagship station for Ohio State athletics, posted a message on Twitter on Wednesday which said, “Scott Torgerson is no longer employed by our company as of today. We appreciate his contributions and wish him well in his future endeavors.
Torgerson tweeted 10 days ago that he wished Howard, who played for Ohio State’s chief rival Michigan, would get fired or die so Torgerson could again watch ESPN’s College GameDay. Torgerson was suspended last week.