The injury list continues to get longer for the Tennessee Volunteers.
In Saturday’s game, Tennessee defensive tackle Shy Tuttle had to be carted off with a right leg injury. It is now being reported by John Brice of 247Sports that Tuttle will be out for the remainder of the season. Per Brice, the area of concern is Tuttle’s right MCL and a potential fracture.
This is the second consecutive season that Tuttle has lost because of injury. His freshman campaign was cut short after he broke a leg against Georgia. Tennessee is also without defensive tackle Kahlil McKenzie, who tore his pectoral muscle. Defensive tackle Danny O’Brien was dismissed from the program after the Volunteers’ game against Texas A&M.
The Volunteers also have seen starting linebacker Jalen Reeves-Maybin lost for the season, and All-SEC cornerback Cam Sutton out for an extended period of time. On the offensive side of the ball, the Volunteers have had to constantly reshuffle the offensive line because of injuries. Running backs Jalen Hurd and Alvin Kamara each have missed one game because of injury.
As the injuries have mounted, so have the losses for Tennessee. The Volunteers have lost three in a row, with the worst of those coming against South Carolina, 24-21 on Saturday. The Volunteers are now 5-3 on the season, but 2-3 in the SEC. Tennessee is two games back of Florida and actually trails Kentucky in the SEC East.
The banged-up Volunteers step out of SEC play this week to take on Tennessee Tech. A win would get the Volunteers to bowl eligibility.