KNOXVILLE (WATE) – Tennessee has talked all year about adding depth. Saturday, during their game against Ohio they will need that depth with five starters out of the game.
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Darrin Kirkland Jr.
Darrin Kirkland Jr. was taken out with an ankle injury in the game against Virginia Tech.
The sophomore linebacker missed Saturday’s game against Ohio with a high ankle spray. In a press conference Monday, University of Tennessee Head Coach Butch Jones said Kirkland’s status would be a “week-to-week” evaluation.
LaTroy Lewis also injured his ankle during the Battle of Bristol. Jones said he anticipates Lewis being out at least two to three weeks. Lewis is tied for fifth on the team with 10 tackles.
Tennessee defensive back Malik Foreman was suspended from the 15th-ranked Volunteers’ game with Ohio on Saturday due to a violation of team rules.
The school announced Foreman’s suspension shortly before Saturday’s kickoff. Foreman, a senior from Kingsport, Tennessee, had started each of Tennessee’s first two games at nickel back. He has five tackles.
Cornerback Cameron Sutton was taken out in the opening drive.
Tennessee was up 7-0 when Sutton made a diving shostring tackle on a second down. He immediately went to the ground.
Trainers decided to shut Sutton down for the rest of the game to save him for Florida.
Justin Martin changed into street clothes after Cam Sutton limped back into the locker room. Then he went out with an ankle injury.
Already without Kirkland, linebacker Jalen Reees-Maybin left the Ohio game with an injury. The senior was seen on the sideline, sitting on the bench with his head in his hands.
Linebacker Quarte Sapp went down on a kick-off return. He looked like he was in considerable pain. Trainers and Butch Jones were called to the field and Sapp was helped to the locker room on crutches.