Tennessee football: Vols to be down two defensive starters in Week 3

The Tennessee Volunteers advanced to 2-0 on the season with a big win over the Virginia Tech Hokies in the Battle at Bristol this past weekend. They look to advance to 3-0 on Saturday against Ohio.

Unfortunately, the Vols will be without two defensive starters for the game.

According to a report from the Associated Press, Tennessee will be without the services of linebacker Darrin Kirkland Jr. and defensive end LaTroy Lewis. Both players suffered ankle injuries against Virginia Tech.

Vols head coach Butch Jones says Kirkland is week-to-week, while Lewis could be ”out at least two to three weeks.”

Kirkland is currently Tennessee’s leading tackler on the season.

There is currently no word on who will replace Kirkland or Lewis while their recover from their injuries, but Jones is leaving all options on the table.

”We’ll have some individuals gain some valuable repetitions, and whoever has the best week of practice will play that spot,” Jones said.

The Vols and Bobcats are scheduled for a noon ET kickoff at Neyland Stadium.

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