KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Tennessee linebacker Darrin Kirkland Jr. will miss a third straight game Saturday at No. 25 Georgia because of a high ankle sprain.
Volunteers coach Butch Jones ruled out Kirkland on Wednesday.
Jones said he expects defensive end LaTroy Lewis to play for the 11th-ranked Volunteers this week. Lewis played sparingly Saturday in a 38-28 victory over Florida after missing the Sept. 17 win over Ohio with an ankle injury.
The Vols also are hoping linebacker Jalen Reeves-Maybin can play this week after he missed the majority of Tennessee’s last two games with a shoulder injury.
Jones said Wednesday night on his “Vol Calls” radio show that Reeves-Maybin “had another MRI so we’re waiting on word from there to see how his health is progressing.” Jones had said earlier in the day that he expected Reeves-Maybin to play against Georgia.
Cornerback Cam Sutton remains sidelined after fracturing his right ankle Sept. 17. Jones said “there is a possibility that he may be able to get back for maybe the last couple of games of the year.”