Tennessee reveals details of John Fulkerson's injuries, status for SEC Tournament
Tennessee will be without John Fulkerson for the rest of the SEC Tournament.
The official Twitter account of the Volunteers basketball team shared the news Saturday morning.
“Due to facial injuries sustained Friday, John Fulkerson has been ruled out for the remainder of the SEC Tournament,” the tweeted statement read.
According to Grant Ramey of 247Sports, Fulkerson has been diagnosed with a concussion and a facial fracture. Fulkerson took two elbows from Florida’s Omar Payne in Friday’s game. The two were tangled up when Payne first elbowed Fulkerson in the chin. With his back turned to Fulkerson, Payne delivered a vicious second elbow that hit Fulkerson in the head, sending him to the floor.
Fulkerson left with Tennessee up 35-26 and did not return. The Vols went on to defeat the Gators 78-66.
Vols coach Rick Barnes told reporters after the game that Fulkerson had been taken to the hospital for observation on his eye. On Friday night, Tennessee shared a video message from Fulkerson filmed at the team hotel.
“Hey Vol Nation, first of all, I want to say how proud of I am for my teammates getting the job done today,” Fulkerson said. “It was a huge win. Secondly, just to thank you all for all the love and support you all have showed me over the past couple hours.
“I’m doing good. I’m not sure of my status tomorrow but I know Tennessee is going to come ready to play. Once again, I really appreciate all your support and the prayers and love you sent out to me. Go Vols.”
Tennessee faces 1-seed Alabama in Saturday’s semifinals. The game is set for a 1 p.m. ET tip, airing on ESPN.