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Mark Stoops updates injury status of Benny Snell

Benny Snell is banged up as Kentucky heads into Knoxville.

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The Kentucky Wildcats are looking to regroup from Saturday’s loss to Georgia and turn their focus to the Tennessee Volunteers.

However, Kentucky will have to do so with Benny Snell not being 100 percent. The junior running back suffered an ankle injury in the loss to Georgia, though it was never believed to be serious.

On Monday, Stoops gave an update on the status of Snell.

“He’s not worn down, but he’s a little beat up,” said Stoops. “I’ll see him later on today (at practice). His ankle is more of a bruise than it is a sprain. We’ll see how tender that is.”

If Snell were unable to go this week, AJ Rose would be the top running back. What’s interesting is who would be the backup since Sihiem King is redshirting.

Zach Johnson would figure to be next in line, but if one of him or Rose got hurt, Kentucky may have to burn a redshirt with someone like Chris Rodriguez. The good news is the new redshirt rule would allow guys like Rodriguez to play a few more games after he played in Week 3 vs. Murray State. The limit is four before a redshirt is burned.

Hopefully, Snell ends up playing this week and Kentucky won’t have to worry about that. After all, he’s just over 400 yards from breaking Sonny Collins’ all-time school record.

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