GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Tennessee safety Todd Kelly Jr. will not play in Saturday’s game against Florida due to an injury.
GoVols247, citing sources on Friday night, reported that the injury is to Kelly’s knee and dates back to last season. Kelly may decide to undergo season-ending surgery, GoVols247 reported.
Kelly didn’t directly reference his knee but posted on Twitter on Friday: “Never question the Lord, He always has a plan and a reason for everything!”
Kelly, a senior, led the Vols with 71 tackles in 2016. He has appeared in both games this season but did not start in either. The Webb School of Knoxville graduate has seven tackles this year, giving him 153 for his career.
Kelly’s situation pulls into doubt the availability of both of UT’s backup safeties. Evan Berry, who is also Tennessee’s starting kick returner, was listed as questionable by coach Butch Jones on Wednesday with an undisclosed injury.
Tennessee’s starting safeties are Nigel Warrior and Micah Abernathy.
If the injury sidelines Kelly for the rest of the season, NCAA rules would allow him to seek a medical hardship waiver to give him a fifth year of eligibility.