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ATHENS, Georgia — Georgia tight end Brock Bowers made a triumphant return on Saturday night as he started in the showdown against Ole Miss at Sanford Stadium. Bowers had been sidelined due to TightRope surgery on his left ankle, but he was back on the field for the No. 2 Bulldogs.
Earlier on Saturday, Coach Kirby Smart had mentioned that Bowers’ availability would be a game-time decision. However, he expressed his hope of having both Bowers and offensive tackle Amarius Mims back for the game against the No. 9 Rebels. Mims, who had also undergone TightRope surgery on his ankle in mid-September, returned to action on Saturday as well.
“That’s what we hope,” Smart said regarding Bowers’ return. “I don’t know if he’ll be 100%, but he’s been working hard during the week to meet the necessary benchmarks. We’ll assess his condition closer to game time.
“I still don’t know if we’ll have both players at 100%. We’re optimistic about Mims’ return as well. With these developments, our offense is getting closer to where we want it to be.”
Bowers, a junior from Napa, California, sustained the injury during the first half of a 37-20 victory against Vanderbilt on October 14. The TightRope surgery, which utilizes surgical thread instead of metal screws, is known for its ability to expedite recovery. The typical recovery time for this procedure ranges from four to six weeks. As of today, it has been 26 days since Bowers’ surgery.
Before his injury, Bowers had been a standout performer for the Bulldogs, leading the team with 41 catches for 567 yards and four touchdowns. He had recorded over 100 receiving yards in three consecutive games.