Tennessee linebacker Curt Maggitt is expected to miss about eight weeks due to a hip injury suffered against Oklahoma on Saturday, coach Butch Jones confirmed during the weekly SEC teleconference Wednesday.
Jones said Maggitt chipped a bone in his hip, but will not need surgery, according to the Knoxville News Sentinel’s Dustin Dopirak. He continues to be evaluated, however, his expected time of recovery ranges from eight to 10 weeks.
Maggitt led the team in sacks last season and was a major contributor on defense.
The loss of Maggitt is huge for the Vols, who are already thin at both defensive end and outside linebacker. Freshman Kyle Phillips — who Jones said was “set back with some nagging injuries” — is expected to get more playing time in Maggitt’s absence, according to Chattanooga Times Free Press’ Patrick Brown.
Maggitt will not need surgery. "It could be eight weeks, it could be six weeks, it could be 10 weeks," Jones said.
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