LEXINGTON, Ky. — Kentucky junior tight end Justin Rigg will “more than likely” miss the rest of spring football with a spleen injury, coach Mark Stoops announced Tuesday morning.
Rigg collided with senior cornerback Chris Westry on Monday — the first day of spring practice. Stoops said Monday that Rigg was taken to the hospital. Stoops expects him to be released sometime Tuesday. The injury is non-operative at this time.
“All the tests [Monday] night and [Tuesday] morning, everything is very positive, very good,” Stoops said. “He should have a full recovery.”
Stoops expects Rigg to play this fall. The Springboro, Ohio, native is expected to be Kentucky’s second-team tight end behind senior C.J. Conrad.
“With the spleen, like I said, there was nothing where it was something major where they felt like they had to take it out,” Stoops said. “I don’t know if I should get all technical with all that, but injury to the spleen, non-operative. The good news is all the tests are positive. He’s feeling good. He was good [Monday]. From everything I’ve heard — and I haven’t seen him yet [Tuesday] — but this morning all the tests have been positive as well.”
The spleen injury comes after Rigg suffered a lacerated kidney during his freshman year.
“That was the first thing I talked to him about when I saw him in the hospital as well,” Stoops said. “Very uncommon to have some organs lacerated like that with one player that’s so young, but like I said everything is very positive and seems like it’s going to be OK.”
Kentucky will be thin at tight end during spring practice. Greg Hart graduated and signees Keaton Upshaw and Brenden Bates won’t arrive until the summer. Junior left tackle Landon Young had to play reps at tight end Tuesday, but just for blocking purposes. The Cats still aren’t practicing in shoulder pads.
Westry is expected to miss most of this week.