LEXINGTON, Ky. — Kentucky linebacker Jordan Jones won’t play Saturday at South Carolina, coach Mark Stoops said after practice Thursday.
Jones injured his shoulder in Kentucky’s game last weekend against Eastern Kentucky. He was seen in a sling after the game. Jones was held out of practice this week.
“We did an exam right after the game and then we did some more tests Monday after my press conference,” Stoops said. “Once I got that information he was ruled out for this week.”
Stoops said Jones is week-to-week beyond Saturday.
“It may be a stretch to play next week quite honestly,” Stoops said. “I’ll keep you updated. He’ll play when the doctors tell him he can play.”
Jones, a junior linebacker from Youngstown, Ohio, led the SEC with 74 solo tackles last season. He was third in the conference with 109 total tackles.
Sophomore Eli Brown will fill the starting weakside linebacker spot. Redshirt freshman Jamar “Boogie” Watson will also move over to that spot to add depth. Stoops said the injury to Jones doesn’t affect true freshman linebacker Jamin Davis — another possible replacement, but a player Kentucky would prefer to redshirt. Stoops did say Davis will be “on call.”
Stoops preferred not to go into the specifics of Jones’ shoulder injury.
“It does me no good,” Stoops said. “I’m not a doctor. I know there’s a lot of speculation. It’s a shoulder injury and there isn’t a timeline right now.”
Stoops said the team is in “good shape” health wise beyond the injury to Jones.
Kentucky and South Carolina kick off at 7:30 p.m. ET Saturday in Columbia, S.C. The game is sold out.