LEXINGTON, Ky. — It’s been more than seven weeks since Kentucky quarterback Drew Barker left the New Mexico State game with a back injury, and from what coach Mark Stoops said, there’s still no indication Barker will return this season.
Stoops was asked Monday if Barker is any closer to returning to practice.
“Nope,” Stoops said. “Let me rephrase that: Is he going to practice this week? No. Is he closer? I don’t know. I’ll get an update or whatever. This week, no, nothing has changed.”
Barker is dealing with a chronic back problem that wasn’t caused by just one hit, Stoops said earlier in the season.
The coach had said in the week following the injury that Barker had an MRI and that no surgery was required. He said the timetable was at least three to five weeks. But during Kentucky’s bye week, Stoops said Barker could be considered week-to-week after the Mississippi State game.
“I think we’re still in the midst of that timetable,” Stoops said Monday. “There’s no denying when I made the announcement that it was going to be a significant amount of time. I don’t know how many weeks that is.”
Stephen Johnson is still entrenched in the starting spot.
In other injury news, starting left tackle Cole Mosier left the game last Saturday against Georgia with an ankle injury, but Stoops expects to have him back against Tennessee.
“He turned his ankle,” Stoops said. “It’s not a high ankle or anything major. So, hopefully he’ll be back here today or tomorrow.”
The Wildcats face the Volunteers on Saturday at Neyland Stadium (noon ET, ESPN).