Alvin Kamara Expected Back in a “Week or Two”

Tennessee coach Butch Jones spoke to media on Monday and addressed the knee injury suffered by redshirt junior running back Alvin Kamara.

Jones said he has been “very encouraged” by Kamara’s progression since his injury on October 15th. Due to the positive prognosis for Kamara, he is expected to return “in a couple of weeks,” although, he will not play this Saturday against South Carolina.

The potential speedy recovery of Kamara is excellent news for the Vols as the team has been ravaged by untimely injuries to key players.

On the season, Kamara has racked up 313 rushing yards, 260 receiving yards, 184 punt return yards, and six total touchdowns. The back behind Kamara is sophomore John Kelly who rushed for 89 yards and a touchdown against Texas A&M three weeks ago.

In addition to Kamara, Jones indicated that Tennessee’s entire offensive line, including center Dylan Wiesman who missed the Alabama game due to a head injury, is expected to return against the Gamecocks. Also, defensive back Malik Foreman (undisclosed) and linebacker Darrin Kirkland Jr. (ankle) are anticipated to return from injury on Saturday.

Perhaps biggest of all, Jones said senior cornerback Cam Sutton will likely be out for only “a couple more weeks.” Sutton broke his ankle against the University of Ohio in early September.