Kentucky coach Mark Stoops has gotten some good news on the injury front since Saturday, when his team was banged up physically and three players exited the game against Mississippi State.
Cornerback Kendall Randolph, wide receiver Garrett Johnson and left tackle Jordan Swindle are all expected to be ready to go for the Wildcats’ matchup with Tennessee on Saturday. Also to Stoops’ advantage, defensive end Jason Hatcher will likely practice again Monday after missing the Mississippi State game with an ankle injury.
Randolph tweaked what appeared to be an ankle, while Swindle needed his knee examined. Johnson had X-rays on his shoulder in the second half, which came back negative.
“(Johnson) should be fine, he should be fine,” Stoops said. “He’s got a shoulder injury, a shoulder sprain. He’ll be alright. I would hope he’d be alright by the next couple days.”
It wasn’t all good news for Stoops. While he is pleased to have a core group of players healthy, he also said Monday that safety Darius West sprained his ankle and quarterback Drew Barker hurt his shoulder in his collegiate debut. West likely won’t play against the Vols and Barker’s status is still unknown. Barker made his debut after the Wildcats’ eventual 42-16 loss to the Bulldogs was already clearly decided.
“Drew did a good job. I was really glad that he could get some reps. I hated that it was that kind of circumstance, but it was good for him to play,” Stoops said. “He looked comfortable and he made some good decisions.
“He got a little dinged up … so we’ll see.”