Teams are typically pretty beaten up after playing Alabama. Tennessee’s health might actually be improving after playing the Crimson Tide – if Butch Jones was completely forthright in his comments on Monday.
“I would not rule any of those out at this particular time,” Jones said when asked about three ailing Vols: sophomore offensive linemen Jashon Robertson and Brett Kendrick and receiver Preston Williams.
Robertson aggravated a previous ankle injury against Georgia. The sophomore has been dealing with the ailment since preseason camp. Jones said Robertson was ahead of the other two injured players.
“We anticipate Jashon Robertson to be ready to play this week,” Jones said.
Robertson was Tennessee’s starting right guard going into the Georgia game. Since, freshman Jack Jones has stepped into that position and played well. It would be intriguing to see what the Vols would do if Robertson returns this week. It’s possible one of the two could play left guard if Tennessee’s coaching staff deems Jones and Robertson their two best guards. Junior Dylan Wiesman is the one player that has played both guard positions.
Kendrick has been battling an elbow injury. He was sidelined for the Georgia and Alabama games. Jones said the sophomore is also dealing with a knee injury. Jones said Williams should return soon. He did not make the trip to Alabama due to a hamstring injury.
“Preston Williams is doing everything he can to get back,” Jones said of the freshman. “We’ve been told he’ll practice on Tuesday.”