If he's out another 24 days, he probably won't have a team to rejoin. The first round of the SEC Tournament will be played in the Georgia Dome in Atlanta on March 10, and the Bulldogs (7-14 overall, 1-10 SEC) are expected to see their season end at that time. At this point, Georgia would have to win the SEC Tournament to qualify for a national postseason tournament. Even with Stukes in the lineup, that's unlikely.
Stukes missed the Jan. 22 Vanderbilt game after spraining his ankle during a practice scrimmage. He returned to the lineup on Jan. 29 but never fully healed. He was finally pulled back out of the lineup prior to the Feb. 9 Arkansas game. An MRI taken at that time revealed the ankle injury had led to what Felton describes as "something between a hard bone bruise and a stress fracture."
"It's the result of a twisted ankle, but the actual point of trauma is an area of his foot where a tendon connects to the bone," Felton said.
The Bulldogs return to action Wednesday when they take on Clemson in the Bi-Lo Center in Greenville, S.C.