The Tennessee Volunteers will be without running back Alvin Kamara for this weekend’s game against the South Carolina Gamecocks. To make matters worse, Kamara could miss a few weeks.
Vols head coach Butch Jones announced the news on Monday, after news of a potential LCL and meniscus injury for Kamara surfaced last week.
Tennessee is hoping Kamara will be able to avoid surgery and return before the end of the season.
“He won’t be available this week,” Jones told Patrick Brown of the Times Free Press. “But everything that’s come back right now, we do anticipate him being back in a couple of weeks. That’s very, very encouraging. He’s upbeat and positive.
“As of right now he does not need surgery, and we’re anticipating him being back here in the next week or two. That’s very, very encouraging for us.”
Through seven games, Kamara has rushed for 313 yards and three touchdowns while adding 260 yards and two additional scores on 22 receptions. Against Texas A&M two weeks ago, Kamara had the biggest game of his career and one of the most impressive statistical performances of the last two decades.
Let’s hope Kamara is able to return to the field sooner rather than later.
The Vols and Gamecocks are scheduled for a 7:15 p.m. ET kickoff at Williams-Brice Stadium on Saturday night. Live coverage will be available on ESPN2.