KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee linebacker Jalen Reeves-Maybin will miss his second straight game with a shoulder injury, Butch Jones announced Wednesday.
Reeves-Maybin — a senior captain who led the Vols in tackles the last two seasons — will not play at Texas A&M on Saturday (3:30 p.m., CBS) after sitting out the Georgia game last weekend.
The senior re-injured his shoulder in the win over Ohio on Sept. 17. He tried to give it a go against Florida, but played just a handful of snaps before leaving the game.
“Jalen Reeves-Maybin will be out this week,” Jones said.
“We continue to try and gather information for him and further evaluation to see what’s in his best interest: short term, long term. He will be out this week.”
Maybin had labrum surgery in the spring and hopes to avoid a third shoulder surgery before his college career ends.
Meanwhile, sophomore linebacker Darrin Kirkland Jr. remains questionable with a high-ankle injury. Kirkland hasn’t played since sustaining an injury in “The Battle at Bristol.”
Jones said, “I’ll know a little bit more on Darrin probably by Friday.”
Kirkland practiced Tuesday, but coaches are unsure if the middle linebacker has enough mobility and flexibility to cover the Aggies spread attack.
“Darrin Kirkland is day-to-day,” Jones said.
“We’ll know a little bit more (later in the week). He practiced yesterday. We have to make sure that he’s game ready. With all the different cutting and linebacker movements that it takes, obviously this game is a challenge in-and-of itself because of the different formations and personnel groupings that they give you. I’ll know a little bit more later in the week, but it’s been great to have him out there.”
Earlier in the day, Jones told reporters that junior tailback Jalen Hurd was “day-to-day” with an undisclosed injury.