The hardest working (injured) wide out in show business

As good as it is to hear this

Nearly six months after he sustained a torn ACL in practice, star Georgia wide receiver George Pickens is back on the practice field running routes and catching passes.

It’s unclear how long the junior has done what reporters saw him doing Monday afternoon during nine minutes of viewing time since it was the first time practice was open to the media since 2019.

Pickens, wearing a non-contact black jersey and a brace on his right leg, lined up as the third outside receiver on one side behind freshmen Adonai Mitchell and Jackson Meeks in the practice in the team’s indoor facility on a rainy day.

Pickens ran routes in a drill without any defenders, catching three passes thrown his way including one he cut over the middle. No photos or video were permitted to be taken. That was the only practice period the media was able to see.

… from a health standpoint, it’s even better to recognize it from an attitude standpoint.

“He’s rehabbing every day,” Georgia coach Kirby Smart said two weeks ago. “He’s lifting every day. He’s going to school and doing all his school work and he’s done a good job of doing that.”

It would have been easy enough for Pickens to check out, but mentally, he’s stayed committed.  And that’s good, because it sounds like he’s still got a ways to go.

Smart was noncommittal then on if Pickens might be able to return this season, saying he has monthly visits with renowned orthopedic surgeon Dr. James Andrews. He tore his ACL on March 23 in practice.

“He’s working hard and he’s straight-line running but I have no idea of a date of return,” Smart said. “That’s just too far out right now.”

When word of the injury first came out, I assumed we’d never see Pickens play in a Georgia game again.  There’s still a decent chance that’s the case, but if he’s working that hard, you have to believe he’d like to prove that assumption wrong.  I hope he gets that chance.

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17 responses to “The hardest working (injured) wide out in show business

  1. It would be cool if he were back in time for tech to beat tf out of another DB.

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  2. Hogbody Spradlin

    Pickens, who has been a bit of a bonehead, could have gone either way. It’s nice to see he is handling the situation well.

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    • Down Island Way

      Life comes at you fast, when you have to be there and do this on schedule, receiving daily reminders to get out of bed and go…life at UGA is good…

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    • Russ

      I know that’s the common refrain on Pickens ever since he arrived at Georgia, but I can only think of two plays where he lived up to that. Honestly, neither of them really bothered me. Plastering the tech nerd into the brick wall hurt us in the SEC Championship game, though not sure it would have made a difference against LSU. And pissing (water) on the Tennessee QB was just funny to me, even if it did give them a first down.

      But other than those two, Pickens strikes me as a good teammate and fierce competitor. I’d love to see the guy back on the field this year.

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      • RangerRuss

        A wild spirit is often the mark of a strong mind. Kirby provides the discipline and direction Pickens needs. It would serve him well in the future to come back to UGA one more year.

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  3. akascuba

    It’s great to see him working hard to get back on the field this season. Shows how tight the team chemistry is and the desire to be part of its success.

    Given his injury and when it happened it’s really hard to see him making making a real contribution to this team. Hope I’m wrong and best wishes for a full recovery,

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  4. Texas Dawg

    He wants to be on the field as a player, not a spectator when the confetti falls on them in Indianapolis

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    • 123 Fake St

      Do you know why the game is in Indianapolis? I thought all of the previous nc games were tied to a NY6 bowl.

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      • gshock36

        The CFP Championship game is bid out separately and doesn’t necessarily tie out to a site for the NY6. It’s just that those sites bid on the first half dozen or so years of the CFP.

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      • Texas Dawg

        The 2022 College Football Playoff National Championship is a college football bowl game scheduled to determine a national champion in the NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) for the 2021 season. It is planned to be played at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana, on January 10, 2022, with a kickoff at 8:00 p.m. EST and television coverage by ESPN.

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    • tenesseewasnevergreat

      IF we get there and IF Pikens can play, I am sure he will be a huge difference-maker. He is a very special talent and a nightmare for any DB to try to cover. This team might be able to win a Natty without him, but it would be a hell of a lot easier with him.

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  5. Jon Godfrey

    Let’s hope that he is being told multiple times a day that the referees are really cracking down on taunting after the play. Dude will be flagged after every catch if it isn’t drilled into his head.

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  6. originaluglydawg

    I believe we’ll see him on the field sooner rather than later. I’ve always loved the kid and I saw his goof-ups as an unwise display of his competitiveness. I suspect he has learned better and outgrown doing those things.
    I will forgive him if he has a ton of excessive celebration penalties against the Handbags.
    Work hard, George Pickens. We’re pulling for you!

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  7. David K

    I’d love for him to come back healthy and play as a Dawg again but honestly, that NFL money is too important. Torn ACL in March, he should be a good teammate on the sideline, rest that thing up, let it heal and get it stronger for the NFL combine. If he makes a cut and tears it again there’s too much at stake.

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    • tenesseewasnevergreat

      He’s not going to get Round 1 money unless he shows that he is back on the field. If he’s willing to take a Round 3 pick, we won’t see him back. I don’t think he plans on settling for Round 3 money and sitting out while his team plays for a Natty, though.

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  8. Whether the pitch works or not, and depending on the rehab, Kirby can tell him “You have a real chance at getting a NC ring now. You may be drafted and traded your whole career in the NFL and never see a Super Bowl.”

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  9. TripleB

    What if he can’t play this year? Is the smart play for him to come back, earn really good NIL money, and then go next year? I don’t think he would be a high draft choice if he didn’t play at all this year.

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