KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee’s injury list continued to grow with word that starting sophomore right guard Jack Jones underwent surgery on Monday to repair torn thumb ligaments, according to a report by 247Sports’ John Brice.
Jones suffered the injury against Alabama. The former Oakland High School (Murfreesboro, Tenn.) standout was forced out of the game in the first half of the Vols’ 49-10 defeat.
Tennessee’s offensive line is a battered unit. Starting left tackle Brett Kendrick and starting right tackle Chance Hall also were knocked out of the Alabama game with undisclosed injuries.
Center Dylan Wiesman and left guard Jashon Robertson did not play against the Crimson Tide after they sustained injuries in the Vols’ 45-38 double-overtime loss at Texas A&M on Oct. 8.
Wiesman appeared to suffer a concussion against the Aggies, while Robertson’s injury remains undisclosed.
The spate of injuries forced coach Butch Jones to pull the redshirt off freshman Marcus Tatum, an undersized 265-pounder from Ormond Beach, Fla.
Tatum, like all of his Tennessee linemates, was quickly overwhelmed by the bigger, stronger and more talented Alabama defensive line.
Tennessee has a bye this week before returning to action at South Carolina at 7:15 p.m. on Oct. 29.
Jones should be ready to play against the Gamecocks, though his effectiveness could be limited by the protection he’ll be forced to wear over his injured thumb.
News of Jones’ injury comes on the same day Kahlil McKenzie announced on Twitter he will be out for the season, confirming Sunday’s SEC Country report.