KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee preseason All-SEC cornerback Cam Sutton has a broken bone in his lower right leg, according to a Vol Network sideline reporter.
Sutton left the game at the 9:45 mark of the first quarter after a noncontact injury. Sutton was writhing in pain on the turf when the UT trainers came out to examine him, checking him from foot to knee to diagnose what sources have said is a break.
Tennessee coach Butch Jones made no attempt to hide the severity of the injury after the game, saying that Sutton would be out an extended amount of time.
“Cam Sutton will be out for an extended period of time,” Jones said. “I will know a little bit more tomorrow. I feel for him and his family.”
The 15th-ranked Vols (3-0) beat Ohio by a 28-19 count on Saturday and next play SEC East Division rival Florida at 3:30 p.m. next Saturday.
Freshman Baylen Buchanan stepped up and played corner in Sutton’s absence and played extremely well, according to Jones.
“I’m really proud of Baylen Buchanan,” Jones said. “He’s an individual whose reps have been very minimal and [he] steps up and really made some big plays for us.”
The Vols will also get back junior cornerback Justin Martin next week.
Martin missed Saturday’s game with an ankle injury, but he could have played in an emergency situation, according to sources.
The Vols also lost linebacker Jalen Reeves-Maybin to a shoulder injury for an indeterminable amount of time.