Tennessee head coach Butch Jones refused to rule out sophomore offensive lineman Brett Kendrick for the Kentucky game on Saturday.
Was some gamesmanship being played? It could actually be far worse for Kendrick, who has a sore elbow and knee, according to Jimmy Hyams of WNML.
Tennessee OT Brett Kendrick (Knee) is out for the year. Will be replaced at right tackle by Chance Hall.
— Jimmy Hyams (@JimmyHyams) October 26, 2015
The report promptly created a response from Kendrick’s mother, Beth Kendrick. Here is the conversation that followed between Beth Kendrick and a Tennessee fan.
Brett Kendrick started the season at right tackle before being held out against UGA and then Alabama. Freshman Chance Hall played in Kendrick’s place and got his first start against Alabama on Saturday.
So far, Tennessee’s brass is sticking to its story. When asked about the report, a Tennessee spokesman only provided what Jones said earlier in the day.
“In terms of Brett we’ll know a little bit more on him on Tuesday…He’s got a knee too that’s been bothering him so it’s a combination,” Jones said. “It’s more so the knee that’s limiting now than the elbow and Brett’s done a good job in terms of rehab…I would anticipate all three being available but I’ll know more later in the week.”
If the report is accurate, this would be Tennessee’s third offensive lineman lost for the season. Starting left guard Marcus Jackson and backup lineman Austin Sanders were lost during preseason camp. Both suffered biceps injuries.
Sophomore Jashon Robertson (ankle) and senior Mack Crowder (ankle) were both injured against Georgia and missed the Alabama game. Robertson started the season at right guard. Crowder started the season at center.