Here are a few injuries to keep an eye on moving forward. Several guys are banged up, but below are the injured impact players:
- It is still unclear whether Tyler Wilson will play this week against Rutgers in what some have described as a “severe concussion”. We should know more about his status this week, but he should play, considering he was on the field warming up before the Alabama game. However, it will be up to the medical personnel, not Wilson.
- Starting linebacker Jelani Jenkins will likely be out again next week with a broken thumb. After the Gators face Kentucky, they will have a bye week before LSU. Jenkins could return for LSU with a protective cast of some sort.
- Starting corner Cody Riggs is out a ‘few weeks’ due to a fracture in his foot he suffered against Texas A&M. Riggs did not play against Tennessee.
- Coach Richt is hopeful Jarvis Jones will be able to play this week against Vanderbilt. Jones sat out last week’s game against FAU for more precautionary reasons. He should be a go for Vandy.
- Staring quarterback James Franklin has a hurt throwing shoulder and sat out this past weekend. The injury was defined yesterday as an inflamed bursa sac. The inflammation is not related to the torn labrum he suffered and had repaired in March. There is no structural damage to his shoulder, as both Pinkel and Franklin made sure to point out after the game.
- Connor Shaw reinjured his throwing shoulder. He described the injury as a “fracture” after the game and not the bone bruise that was originally thought after suffering the injury against Vanderbilt. Spurrier says he thinks Shaw plays this Saturday against Missouri. That might be a little optimistic.
- Free safety and leading tackler Brian Randolph could be out for the year after suffering a knee injury against Florida. Randolph left the game in the fourth quarter, and he wrote on his Facebook “Thanks for all the support from everyone…I’ll be back next year!” That certainly doesn’t look good and a hit to the Vols’ defense.