Nick Chubb expects to be ready for opening game almost a year after his injury

Sounds like the running back's rehab is going well.

Georgia running back Nick Chubb has been recovering from a torn PCL in his knee that cut his 2015 season short, but it seems he's ready to get back on the field. He told GATA Dawgs exactly how he feels about it and potentially what to expect on September 3rd when the Dawgs play North Carolina as part of the Chick Fil A kickoff series.

Coach Kirby Smart is not quite as optimistic though and said that he wants to temper those expectations and make sure Chubb comes back healthy rather than quickly.

SEC analyst and reporter Tony Barnhart reported a similar skepticism in Chubb's return date as he talked to some doctors about it:

The orthopedic people that I've talked to say from the date you injure the way he injured that knee, it's a calendar year. So if he comes back before the end of September, I'm going to be surprised. But if he comes back anywhere close to what he was before, Georgia's going to develop the quarterback and they're going to have a pretty good football team.

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Chubb rushed for 747 yards and seven touchdowns in six games last season before missing the remainder of the season. With Jacob Eason as the potential starter this season that could give them an opportunity to develop him as the season goes on thanks to Chubb's superb running ability even if he misses a game or two to start the season.

The Dawgs also have Sony Michel who proved he's a great runner too so they should be set with him as a starter if Chubb isn't back as soon as he believes he will be.


[h/t Bleacher Report]