After pitching a near shutout in the second half against Ole Miss, the Kentucky Wildcats defense will likely be without star inside linebacker Jacquez Jones for their home matchup with South Carolina. The veteran grad student injured his left foot during the third quarter in Oxford last weekend and didn’t return to the game. He has five solo tackles and an interception before exiting.
On Monday, Jones was listed on the pre-South Carolina depth chart. However, head coach Mark Stoops later called Jones “doubtful” for Saturday’s game.
The good news is there’s a chance J.J. Weaver makes his return from a two-game absence due to injury. Weaver’s return will be felt instantly by the Wildcats. They’ve missed his veteran presence in the front seven and could use his help creating a pass rush.
The goal for Jones, though, is to make sure he isn’t out for the entire season. Stoops said during his radio show this week that Jones is still undergoing tests on his injured foot and those will reveal the extent of how long he could possibly be out of the lineup.
Every sports team deals with injuries — especially in the midst of SEC football season. Kentucky has to embrace the “next man up” mentality and take care of their opponents one game at a time. That all starts with getting back on track this Saturday when they host the Gamecocks. Kickoff is set for 6:30 p.m. at Kroger Field.
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