Linebacker Jordan Jones and running back Benny Snell are two of the cornerstones of this Kentucky football team, and today, Mark Stoops said there’s a chance minor injuries could keep them from playing vs. South Carolina. Jones suffered a shoulder injury at some point on Saturday and Snell bruised his ribs, but Stoops said he hasn’t ruled them out for the all-important trip to Columbia.
“He’s got a little issue with his shoulder,” Stoops said of Jones. “We’ll see how it goes throughout the week. He’s not ruled out at this point.”
Near the end of the game, Jones went down holding his calf, but Stoops confirmed it was just a cramp. A pretty nasty one at that:
I mean look at this calf cramp Jordan Jones had pic.twitter.com/dGhShKRW6t
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What about Benny Snell? Snell had to come out of the game Saturday with bruised ribs, but returned later on. Like Jones, Stoops said it will come down to how well Benny can manage the pain.
“I hope so,” Stoops said when asked if Snell will play Saturday. “It’s definitely one of those injuries that’s very painful. You hear of guys having those and played with them in the NFL and different things, but there will be some pain there. We’ll see how it goes. I think Jordan’s is similar. There’s a pain tolerance issue and we’ll see how it goes and whether he can handle it or not.”
For the Cats to have a chance to upset the Gamecocks, they need both Jones and Snell. Here’s hoping for a healthy week.