Josiah-Jordan James is out for Wednesday’s game against Alabama, while Julian Phillips is a game-time decision.

That news was reported by Jimmy Hyams of WNML, and it was relayed from Vols assistant Rod Clark.

James has battled an ankle injury, while Phillips is dealing with a hip flexor. If healthy, both players would be in the mix to defend Alabama star Brandon Miller.

James suffered a sprained left ankle in the final minute of the 66-65 loss last week at Vanderbilt. Phillips suffered his injury on Friday. He started in UT’s 86-85 loss against Missouri on Saturday, but did not play in the second half because of the injury. James did not play against the Tigers.

Injuries have been an issue for James throughout the season as he’s missed 9 games. Early in the season, he dealt with soreness following an offseason knee procedure. But lately, he’s returned to form, and started 7 straight games, and played in 11. He is averaging 9.5 points and 5.3 rebounds.

Phillips has played in every game this season. He is averaging 9.0 points and 4.8 rebounds.

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