Kentucky star linebacker Jordan Jones has returned to practice for the first time since injuring his shoulder against Eastern Kentucky, head coach Mark Stoops said Tuesday.
Jones was in a no contact jersey today, but with the bye week he should be on track to play against the Mississippi St. Bulldogs.
Jones had eight tackles and a forced fumble in that EKU game. He was a preseason All-SEC selection, and was put on several watch lists as well. He’s a must-have for the Cats going into the second half of the season.
Also recovering is quarterback Luke Wright, who suffered what appeared to be a seizure on the sideline during the Missouri game. Wright was taken to the hospital and has been recovering since then. He will be able to continue playing football, Stoops said.
Kentucky is finally getting healthy leading up to the Mississippi State game, which is a good sign, as the defense felt like it was nearly full of second unit guys by the end of the Missouri game. Stoops said earlier this week that he expects everyone to be ready to play by next Saturday.
It’s great to see Jones is close to making a full return, but it’s really great seeing Wright is doing good after that scare.