Tennessee got its first Southeastern Conference win of the season this weekend at Auburn but the win came at a cost.
Outside linebacker Jonathan Kongbo was injured during the game and never returned to the field. Kongbo was later seen on the Tennessee sideline supported by crutches. Following the 30-24 win, Jeremy Pruitt confirmed Kongbo was “banged up” but would not get into specifics regarding the linebacker’s status moving forward.
Now the team has an answer on Kongbo’s status.
According to David Ubben of The Athletic, Kongbo will miss the remainder of the season after tearing his ACL. It would be a tough blow for the redshirt senior who has worked hard to find a home in Pruitt’s defense. Something Kongbo had finally appeared to have found, after registering a season-high five tackles against Georgia and recording an interception against Auburn.
UPDATE: Jeremy Pruitt confirmed this report during his Sunday appearance on the WNML radio show, “The Nation.”
For a team that’s already thin at linebacker, Tennessee will have to find production at the position from an unproven player if the team is going to win a few more games to put itself in contention to make a bowl game.
Tennessee OLB Jonathan Kongbo will miss the remainder of the season with a torn right ACL. He underwent an MRI on Sunday. More information: https://t.co/bxEXnPaQBw
— David Ubben (@davidubben) October 14, 2018