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Tennessee defensive back Evan Berry not expected to return

October 1, 2016: Butch Jones Tennessee Volunteers Head Coach signaling for an extra point after a Tennessee Volunteers touchdown during the game between the Tennessee Volunteers and the Georgia Bulldogs. The Tennessee Volunteers (34) defeated the Georgia Bulldogs (31) at Sanford Stadium in Athens, Ga. (Photo by Jeffrey Vest/Icon Sportswire)
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The Tennessee Volunteers have faced a list of notable injuries on defense this season and will now face yet another absence for the rest of their matchup against Texas A&M. Another key starter for the Volunteers was lost to injury as head coach Butch Jones will likely be without defensive back Evan Berry for the remainder of Saturday’s contest.

Berry was knocked out of the game in the first half after a big hit that forced a fumble on a kick return. Berry’s day has presumably been ended early as the trainers shut down the defensive back for a potential concussion.

Rocky Top Insider reported that the trainers took his helmet away from him on the sidelines, which is a likely sign that the defensive back will not return for the rest of the day for Tennessee.

Berry is yet another big injury blow to a Tennessee team that is already without Cam Sutton and Darrin Kirkland as absences on defense are beginning to challenge a still undefeated Volunteers team. With Berry and his possible concussion now being added to that list, the Volunteers continue to have to find ways to fill holes on defense with their starters on the sidelines.

Tennessee is currently down 21-7 early in the second quarter, so the Volunteers will have a long way to go on the road as they look to keep their perfect record intact into SEC play. Known for their dramatic comebacks this season, don’t count Tennessee out against the Aggies even with Berry on the sideline.

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