Tennessee Volunteers linebacker Curt Maggitt suffered a chipped hip bone in his team’s second game of the season, against Oklahoma, and has not played since.
Following a recent MRI, his status for a potential return remains “unchanged,” per Wes Rucker of 247 Sports.
Vols coach Butch Jones briefly addressed Maggitt’s injury at a press conference and mentioned that the senior returning for a bowl game was “a long shot.”
“We did get back the MRI (results), and basically his status hasn’t changed,” Jones said during his weekly Wednesday press conference inside the Ray and Lucy Hand Digital Studio. “It’s gonna be based on how his body continues to heal over the next couple of weeks. Anything would be speculation to say whether he’d be able to play in the bowl game or not. We’ll have to wait and see, but he is getting better.
“He is progressing, but it’s all premature to speculate whether he’ll be back or not. But he’s progressing well.”
“I think that’s a long shot, just to be quite frank with you. I don’t see that happening,” Jones said. “I think a bowl game would be where we would set our sights on, but you never know. It’s basically on how the body heals. I could be standing up before you next week saying he’s good to go, or I could sit up here and be saying it’s not gotten any better. You just don’t know. It’s based on how the body heals.
“Curt is doing a great job with rehab and recovery. He’s been very dedicated to it. He’s been very positive, so it’s just truly a wait-and-see (situation).”
Maggitt, a former four-star recruit from Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, established himself as a strong pass rusher last season in posting 48 tackles (15 for a loss) and 11 sacks. Prior to his injury this season, he had seven tackles, including three for a loss.
Needless to say, Tennessee has missed his presence on defense.
The good news is that Maggitt could probably apply for a medical hardship waiver and thus get a sixth season of eligibility, but there has been little word on if he would indeed do that. As much as he’d love to get back on the field this season, hip injuries are serious and the last thing he wants to do is end up causing further damage that will affect him for the rest of his life.
Campus Sports will continue to update Maggitt’s recovery as it progresses.
Tennessee will look to go 6-4 (4-3 SEC) on Saturday when it hosts the North Texas Mean Green of Conference USA. Kickoff is slated for 12 p.m. ET on the SEC Network.
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