By LARRY VAUGHT
Senior linebacker Jordan Jones will need surgery on his shoulder after injuring it in practice Tuesday.
Kentucky coach Mark Stoops revealed that after Thursday’s practiced that UK expects a “full recovery” from Jones before the 2018 season starts.
“It will push it right into about August. It’s unfortunate. He’s been getting better and having a really good spring. But he had a shoulder injury and he’s getting operated on. He’ll be out,” Stoops said.
Jones missed four games last season with a shoulder injury but Stoops said this was a different injury.
Jones has 183 career tackles, including 64 in nine games last year.
Jones’ backup last season, Eli Brown, has transferred to Western Kentucky and redshirt freshman Jamin Davis is out with a knee injury.
This has given true freshman DeAndre Square a chance to play a lot more this spring.
“He’s been doing a good job,” Stoops said.
“He’s been doing some really good things at outside backer as well. That’s the negative to it, but he definitely can plug in and play will,” Stoops said. “But I’ve been pleased with DeAndre and his progress. When the bullets are flying and we’re playing full tempo or a full scrimmage, he (Square) really makes some plays. You can tell he has a lot of natural instincts. I like the way he’s playing.”