KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee is still licking its wounds from a devastating three-game losing streak that damaged the team’s SEC title aspirations and sidelined several players with injuries.
Coach Butch Jones said Saturday night that all-purpose yardage leader Alvin Kamara, who suffered an unspecified knee injury against Alabama on Oct. 15, could return to play in the Vols’ home game against Kentucky next Saturday.
“We’ll know a little bit more on Alvin on Monday; he’s supposed to practice,” Jones said following the Vols’ 55-0 homecoming win over Tennessee Tech at Neyland Stadium on Saturday. “He was out in pregame workouts today and doing recovery in the training room.”
Jones said last week he was hopeful both Kamara and preseason All-SEC cornerback Cam Sutton could be back by the Kentucky game.
The players have been working out and running together.
Sutton suffered a fractured ankle in the Vols’ 28-19 victory over Ohio on Sept. 17.
Kamara, in addition to providing a lift in the offensive backfield, was leading the SEC in punt returns at the time of his injury against the Crimson Tide.
Tennessee’s depth at the positions played by Kamara and Sutton has been tested.
Tailback Jalen Hurd left the team last Sunday, and cornerback Malik Foreman missed his third consecutive game since injuring his shoulder in the 45-38 double-overtime loss at Texas A&M on Oct. 8.