The Kentucky Wildcats are 6-1, but their most recent win potentially came at a cost.
During the 14-7 win over Vanderbilt, junior linebacker Kash Daniel suffered a hand injury. After the game, head coach Mark Stoops spoke briefly about the injury and what’s next.
“We’ll take a look at it, do some x-rays, see what we got to do,” Stoops said.
Daniel later revealed that he actually fractured his hand:
@KashDaniel15 confirms that he fractured his hand on a 4th and 1 play tonight in which he caused a Vandy fumble. Will it stop him? Listen to his answer here. #BBN @ASeaOfBlue pic.twitter.com/jzy7BQ150Z— Greg Goins (@BBN_CoachG) October 21, 2018
Daniel added that he plans to play through the pain and not miss a play. While that’s admirable, the call is ultimately made by the coaches and team doctors. If they think Daniel should sit out next week against the Missouri Tigers, than Kentucky will be without one of their top defenders.
If Daniel does play, he’ll have a large cast on his hand, which will make it harder to make tackles against a high-scoring Missouri offense. The play of Daniel is a big reason why Kentucky has allowed 38 points in regulation over its last four SEC games, an average of 9.5 points per game.
The good news is true freshman Chris Oats has shown a lot of promise thus far. He even started in place of Daniel against Texas A&M due to the first-half suspension. Oats did play well, and he may be replacing Daniel once more.
Kash Daniel shoots the gap and blows up the run play for a loss. pic.twitter.com/NIVgQg33ck— Scott Charlton (@Scott_Charlton) October 21, 2018