Injury sidelines Tennessee lineman Brett Kendrick this week


A source texted the Read Optional the following message, which is pretty disturbing given what we now know about concussions and brain injuries in football. He doesn't remember anything about the second half of the game. Otherwise the assumption is a player is healthy enough to play.

Video shows Kendrick giving up a sack on quarterback Jarrett Guarantano in the 28- to 22-second range on the game clock in a game televised by SEC Network.

"Sources within the program confirm that Kendrick suffered a concussion and is now in the concussion protocol", wrote Oliver Connolly and Trey Wallace.

Surely in response to this report, Tennessee athletic director John Currie issued a statement on Wednesday regarding the program's concussion protocol, but stopped short of saying whether that protocol was followed with Kendrick. That needs to be up to the medical and training staff.

Though Butch Jones will be around to coach the Tennessee Volunteers for this weekend's game against Southern Miss, how much longer he has a job after that remains to be seen. The statement also does not acknowledge Kendrick by name.

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"The health and safety of our student-athletes is our number on responsibility". Jones added that Tennessee's medical staff has full authority on removing players from competition and in returning them to action for medical reasons. At all football games, the Southeastern Conference has a trained independent medical observer present who also has full authority to stop play and remove a student-athlete from competition for assessment and/or treatment.

Jones says "we would never ever knowingly put a student-athlete in harm's way".

But Kendrick's health and safety certainly seems to have been compromised here. Jones and his staff are under fire for reportedly playing a player who suffered a concussion. And according to The Read Optional, he sustained a concussion in the first half of the game but still played for two quarters after.

Hoke - who, ironically, is now defensive line coach at Tennessee - was sacked at season's end (though he also had a poor record) and replaced by Jim Harbaugh.

The same concussion protocol that he never received on the sideline at Kentucky.