Floyd to Miss Bowl w/ Shoulder Injury

ATHENS - Leonard Floyd has made plans to play for Georgia in 2015, but his 2014 season is over.

The Bulldogs' third-year sophomore outside linebacker and sacks leader underwent shoulder surgery on Tuesday and won't play in the Dec. 30 Belk Bowl in Charlotte against Louisville, coach Mark Richt said.

"We want to give him the maximum amount of time to be prepared for his (redshirt junior) year," Richt said. "We've made that determination to do that.”

Richt said Floyd would have to answer the question about whether his shoulder injury factored into his decision to return next season instead of declare for the NFL Draft.

"Surgery went well," Floyd tweeted on Wednesday. He posted he will be back better than before.

Richt revealed at the team gala on Saturday that Floyd, receiver Malcolm Mitchell and offensive tackle John Theus had decided to come back next season.

Outside linebacker Jordan Jenkins will likely return but is waiting on getting back his NFL draft grade before his decision is made, his father said.

Richt said he was uncertain about Floyd's availability for the spring.

Floyd has six sacks and is fifth on the team with 55 tackles.

He has started every game except for the Nov. 8 game at Kentucky when Lorenzo Carter stepped in as starter while Floyd was affected by his shoulder injury. Carter has started each of the last four games as defensive coordinator started Floyd, Carter and Jordan Jenkins the last three games with Floyd being used in the star position.

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