KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Could injured All-American cornerback Cam Sutton really return to action this season?
Possibly, according to Tennessee head coach Butch Jones on Wednesday.
The Volunteers fourth-year coach left the door open that Sutton may not be finished at Tennessee after all.
After starting all 41 games of his career, the senior cornerback sustained a broken bone in his right ankle during the Volunteers win over Ohio on Sept. 17.
“Right now, it’s up to the body,” Jones said.
“We’re anticipating that there is a possibility he may be able to get back for the last couple games of the year. It’s all on how (his ankle) heals.”
Jones later added Sutton is “working very, very hard to get himself back.”
In Sutton’s absence, freshman cornerback Baylen Buchanan has assumed a greater role, with defensive coordinator Bob Shoop announcing Wednesday that the Peachtree Ridge (Ga.) standout would make his first-career start at Georgia on Saturday.
Meanwhile, star sophomore linebacker Darrin Kirkland Jr. will miss his third-straight game with an ankle injury, Jones confirmed Wednesday.
However, senior linebacker Jalen Reeves-Maybin (shoulder sprain) should be full-go after playing limited snaps in the win over Florida.