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Tennessee running back Alvin Kamara (knee) out 2-4 weeks

October 8, 2016: Texas A&M Aggies linebacker Cullen Gillaspia (45) attempts to cover a fumbled kick that was recovered by Tennessee Volunteers running back Alvin Kamara (6) during the Tennessee Volunteers  vs Texas A&M Aggies game at Kyle Field, College Station, Texas. (Photo by Ken Murray/Icon Sportswire)
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Om Tuesday, 247Sports reported that Tennessee running back Alvin Kamara has sprained the LCL and damaged the meniscus in his left knee. The knee is likely to require surgery, which is expected to keep Kamara on the shelf from 2-to-4 weeks.

However, Chad Withrow of 104.5 The Zone in Nashville reported that the injury could keep him out for the remainder of the season.

Kamara left Tennessee’s 49-10 loss to Alabama in the first quarter with the injury. He never returned to the game. Tennessee head coach Butch Jones initially described Kamara as “banged up”, but it turned out to be quite a bit worse than that.

The back has tallied 313 yards on 64 carries thus far this season, good for second on the Vols. His three rushing touchdowns also ranks second on the team, while his 22 catches is tied for the club lead. He also has three receiving scores on the season.

The Volunteers’ No. 1 running back, Jalen Hurd, returned to action against Alabama after an undisclosed injury kept him out of the loss to Texas A&M the week prior. Tennessee has endured a slew of injuries already this season, with linebackers Jaylen Reeves-Maybin and Darrin Kirkland Jr. as well as corner Cam Sutton already having missed games.

Tennessee has now lost two straight games on the heels of their 5-0 start to the year. They fell from No. 9 to No. 18 in the AP top 25 poll after their trouncing at the hands of the Crimson Tide. The Vols will head to Columbia to take on South Carolina this Saturday.

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