Featured image of Brock Bowers from Tony Walsh of UGAAA
Loss of a Key Player for Georgia – Bowers’ Injury
Just last Saturday, Georgia fans faced a tense moment, as Brock Bowers incurred an unfortunate ankle injury. Post evaluation, it has been confirmed through numerous sources that Bowers will have to have surgery. This is anticipated to sideline him for a significant period this season, and possibly – though hopefully not – the rest of the season.
Bowers suffered a high ankle sprain during Georgia’s Week 7 game against Vanderbilt. In the middle of the second quarter, Bowers seemed to be hurt after a reverse play. There was visible frustration from Bowers, as he punched the ground.
Georgia’s medical team quickly inspected Bowers’ condition. After initial assessment at the sideline, Bowers was immediately taken for a more comprehensive examination. The X-ray revealed a negative result, but the sprain is evidently severe enough to make surgery inevitable.
What Does this Mean for Georgia?
On standby are three tight ends including: sophomore Oscar Delp, and true freshmen Lawson Luckie and Pearce Spurlin. Based on Bowers’ anticipative surgery type – a tightrope ankle surgery – he hopefully will be back on the field within 4-5 weeks. Previously, a few Bulldogs have undergone the same procedure, validating this approximate timeline.
Bowers’ Remarkable Performance
In the seven games played this season, Bowers’ stats are impressive – 41 receptions, 567 yards and four touchdowns. As a result, Bowers has rightfully earned Heisman Trophy consideration.
To What Extent will This Impact Georgia?
While it’s a setback, Georgia is not new to players undergoing a tightrope ankle surgery. Similar situation occurred in Week 3 with Amarius Mims. Although Georgia Head Coach, Kirby Smart has declined to provide a precise timeline for his return, Mims’ recovery progress shows positive signs. Georgia is on bye this weekend, but then it faces a gauntlet – Florida in the World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party, and then three consecutive contests versus teams currently ranked.