Heading into their off week, the Georgia Bulldogs got a big lift on Tuesday and it came in the form of wide receiver Malcolm Mitchell.

Mitchell, who is recovering from a torn ACL and arthroscopic surgery earlier in the fall, made an appearance at practice for the Bulldogs, jogging between Georgia’s two practice fields wearing his green, non-contact No. 26 jersey.

Mitchell is the ‘Dawgs’ most explosive wideout, and has been sorely missed since his knee injury in last season’s opener against Clemson.  He’s started 19 of the 25 games in which he’s played, and has caught 85 passes for 1,237 yards and eight touchdowns.  Mitchell has also returned punts and kicks for the Bulldogs.

As Georgia begins its preparation for South Carolina, Mitchell’s status remains unknown, though Bulldog coaches are still hopeful he can go.

“There’s still an outside chance [Mitchell could play against South Carolina],” offensive coordinator Mike Bobo told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Tuesday.  “Right now I would say no but the first of next week could change some things.  Hopefully by next Tuesday we’ll know something.”