FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Tennessee’s starting cornerback Alontae Taylor did not make the trip for the Vols’ game against Arkansas on Saturday (7:30 p.m. ET, SEC Network).
Taylor has been battling a hamstring injury, which sidelined him from UT’s game against Kentucky on Oct. 17. He returned to play against Alabama on Oct. 24.
Additionally, nickelback Shawn Shamburger did not make the trip for undisclosed reasons. Shamburger started against Alabama.
Neither absence is related to COVID-19.
Among other key injuries are those to offensive linemen Wanya Morris and Jerome Carvin and linebacker Jeremy Banks, all of whom made the trip and likely will be available to play.
The Vols traveled just three quarterbacks. J.T. Shrout, who was the second-string option for the game against Kentucky, did not make the trip. Brian Maurer and Harrison Bailey will back up Jarrett Guarantano.
Here’s Tennessee’s injury report.
CB Alontae Taylor (hamstring)
DB Shawn Shamburger (undisclosed)
TE Austin Pope (back)
LB J.J. Peterson (stepped away from the program)
OL Riley Locklear (undisclosed; had surgery this week)
RB Len’Neth Whitehead (foot)
OL Wanya Morris (ankle)
OL Jerome Carvin (turf toe)
LB Jeremy Banks (ankle)
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