Tennessee offensive lineman Brett Kendrick’s long-term status is still in limbo. However, he won’t play this week against Kentucky, according to coach Butch Jones during his weekly Wednesday press conference.
Jones said he hopes to have Kendrick back next week for the South Carolina game. He has been held out of two consecutive games with an elbow and knee injury. Kendrick has been the subject of much debate. WNML radio in Knoxville reported Kendrick was out for the season. That was refuted via Twitter by his mother.
“We anticipate Brett with the possibilities of being back next week,” Jones said.
Jones also ruled out freshman defensive back Stephen Griffin this week with an ankle injury. Freshman receiver Preston Williams is still recovering from a hamstring injury. Jones said Williams is expected to return to practice Wednesday.
“We’ll know more today as well,” Jones said of Williams.
Jones also addressed sophomore Jashon Robertson, who missed the Alabama game with an ankle injury. Robertson sustained the ailment in preseason camp and aggravated the joint during the UGA game and was unable to continue to play.
“We’ll know more,” Jones said. “We fully anticipate him being ready to go as well.”
Jones said Robertson missed practice on Tuesday because of class. Freshman Jack Jones started last week in place of Robertson. Freshman Chance Hall started in place of Kendrick.
Sophomore cornerback Justin Martin will likely start in place of sophomore Emmanuel Moseley. The two have been battling for first-team reps throughout the week with Martin primarily running with the first team.
“As of right now, yes,” Jones said when asked if Martin would start.
Jones seem to get a bit ruffled when asked about Tuesday’s practice. The implication was that there wasn’t as much energy as last week.
“We had one of our better Tuesday practices,” Jones said. “We were energetic. Everything you have in football isn’t ‘rah rah’. What you guys see is a walkthrough…You’re basing it off of 12 to 15 minutes of pre-practice stuff.”