Following Thursday’s practice, head coach Mark Stoops announced that Dekel Crowdus is not ready to play this week vs. Mississippi State.
Stoops says Josh Ali has been practicing all week and is ready to go this Saturday— BBN Tonight (@BBNTonight) October 28, 2021
Dekel Crowdus is not ready to play this week
The good news is fellow wide receiver Josh Ali is set to return this week following a two-game absence.
Back in August, Kentucky Wildcats wide receiver Dekel Crowdus suffered a knee injury that sidelined him most of fall camp and the first seven games of the season.
Thankfully, Crowdus has now returned to practice.
During his Monday call-in show, head coach Mark Stoops revealed that Crowdus was dressed for practice today. Stoops also admitted Crowdus could have been a difference-maker for Kentucky had he not missed nearly three months of action.
Stoops on WR Dekel Crowdus: "Dekel is coming back. He's working his way back in there. He was in uniform today. He definitely would have helped us. He has some speed we're looking for. He's shifty."— TheCatsPause247 (@TheCatsPause247) October 25, 2021
When the injury happened in August, the initial fear was it would require season-ending surgery to fix, but that thankfully wasn’t the case. Since then, the hope has been Crowdus would eventually be healthy enough to play down the stretch, likely in four games or less to preserve his redshirt.
I doubt we’ll see Crowdus this week vs. Mississippi State if he’s just now starting to practice again, and even Tennessee next week is likely too soon.
My guess is Crowdus will try to give it a go in the final three games vs. Vanderbilt, New Mexico State and Louisville, giving him one more game to play in what will hopefully be a New Year’s Six bowl.