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With all of the Louisville scandal news, it may have flown under the radar that star linebacker Jordan Jones was not on the depth chart once again. Jones was injured in week two on the last play against EKU. The injury ended up being to the shoulder. He was listed as week-to-week and has not played since. This raises the question, when will we see Jordan Jones on the field once again?
We already know that he won’t be in action this week so we can mark that off the list. Next week Missouri travels to Kroger Field which is set to kickoff at 7:30. Missouri’s offense has had a huge drop off after being one in the best in the SEC last year when looking at stats. Because of the lack of offensive production and the fact that Eli Brown has been good in Jones’ place, I expect the trainers and coaching staff to play it safe and keep him out next week. This shifts us to our week eight (week seven is the bye) matchup against Mississippi State.
Kentucky will be in Starkville for an October 21st matchup against the Bulldogs. At this point, Jones wouldn’t have played in over a month and should have plenty of time to rest up and get back to 100%. If Mississippi State and Nick Fitzgerald get hot, they can be one of the most dangerous offenses in the country. This leads me to believe that this will be the game that Jones will return. If needed, him and Eli Brown can have even amounts of snaps to ease Jones back into the swing of things.
As long as Eli Brown continues to be effective, there’s no reason to rush Jordan Jones back. The Mississippi State game will be the perfect game to get Jones back in because he should be well rested by then. Wether or not he’ll be back to his regular self is yet to be seen but this game seems fit to at least get him going. In the meantime, Eli Brown has shown he’s a fine backup and Jamar “Boogie” Watson has been a great backup to Brown. If Jordan Jones can get completly healed, this linebacker corps can get even more scary with experienced guys backing him up.
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