That’s according to Dr. Steve Lee, who specializes in arm injuries and is an Associate Attending Orthopaedic Surgeon at the Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) in New York City, which is the leading orthopedic hospital in the country according to numerous publications.
“Usually a fracture takes about six weeks to heal,” Lee said. “It kind of depends on the severity of the fracture. Generally it is six weeks for bone healing. Then another 4-6 weeks for recovery.”
Lee said HSS deals with the type of injury Michel suffered all of the time, and that recovery is usually quite standard. The Bulldogs will play North Carolina on September 3rd, which is nearly ten weeks from the date of his surgery on the 4th of July.
“Two months would be on the early side, but possible,” Lee said when asked about an eight-week timeline. “Some folks could wear an outer shell and play. It depends on the person.”
Earlier on Wednesday, UGA coach Kirby Smart told the Athens Banner-Herald’s Fletcher Page: “Kids are going to be kids. I was a player once. I went and did things. I went and rode jet skis; rode on things. Accidents are going to happen. You hate it. It’s very unfortunate, but we’ve moved past it now. We know he’s going to be back 100 percent."
Smart’s comments seemed to confirm what Lee said about the possibility that Michel’s motion would be limited because of the injury.
“You would know pretty soon if he had limited motion,” Lee said.