8/15 EVENING UPDATE:
Brown Jr. has undergone surgery. He tweeted an update after it was complete.
There is still no announced timetable for Brown Jr.’s return to the field. We continue to wish him a swift and full recovery.
On Tuesday afternoon, the University of Miami announced that redshirt junior OL George Brown Jr. would undergo surgery on his knee. Here’s the press release from Miami Athletics:
CORAL GABLES, Fla. – The University of Miami football program announced Tuesday that redshirt junior offensive lineman George Brown, Jr. has sustained an MCL injury in his right knee.
Brown will undergo surgery this week at the UHealth Sports Medicine Institute at The Lennar Foundation Medical Center, and is expected to make a full recovery.
Brown, a native of Cincinnati, Ohio, transferred to UM from LSU in 2016. He saw action in three games as a reserve offensive lineman last season.
Once thought to be a challenger for a starting spot at Tackle, Brown Jr. had been moved to the 2nd unit in the spring. He was still working there as the backup left tackle in the fall, and was playing at that position when he sustained this announced injury.
What the announcement does clarify is the timeline for Brown Jr’s recovery. That timeline omission leaves the door open for Brown Jr to possibly return to game action at some point this season.
While Miami’s OL was reportedly good in the first scrimmage of the fall, losing a player of Brown Jr’s ability — even if that’s just for the 2nd unit at this time — is a loss for the team. Things on the 2nd OL have already reshuffled, with true freshman Delone Scaife slotting in behind starting LT Tyree St. Louis as the backup.
Hopefully we’ll see George Brown Jr. healthy enough to contribute to the Canes this season, and wish him the best with his surgery and recovery in the near future.