Tennessee linebacker Curt Maggitt will miss an “indefinite period of time” due to a hip injury suffered against Oklahoma on Saturday, head coach Butch Jones revealed during his weekly press conference Monday.
Maggitt led the Vols with 11 sacks in 2014. He finished second in tackles for loss (15.0) and sixth in tackles (48). Jones noted that true freshman Kyle Phillips would see more playing time in Maggitt’s absence.
Maggitt has a history with injuries, including a torn ACL that forced him to miss the final three games of the 2012 season and all of 2013 while he recovered from surgery.
Jones also confirmed that safety LaDarell McNeil is cleared to practice after missing his the first two games due to a neck injury.
McNeil is a three-year starter who recorded 76 tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss and two interceptions in 2014.
.@CurtMaggitt has a hip injury. He will be out. It will be an indefinite period of time. A true freak injury. He's still being evaluated.
— Tennessee Football (@Vol_Football) September 14, 2015
Butch says Kyle Phillips will see opportunities increase in Maggitt's absence. He didn't play against Oklahoma and barely did vs. BGSU.
— Patrick Brown (@patrickbrownTFP) September 14, 2015
— Danny Parker (@TheDannyParker) September 14, 2015