Vols readying other running backs with Alvin Kamara's status uncertain

Tennessee's John Kelly (4) is pulled down by Alabama's Hootie Jones (6). The top-ranked University of Alabama Crimson Tide visited the University of Tennessee Volunteers in SEC football action on October 15, 2016

KNOXVILLE - Already decimated by significant injuries to key players this season, Tennessee can't yet catch a break.

The injury list is growing again during the Volunteers' open week, and the additions include one of the team's best players.

Running back Alvin Kamara is dealing with a left knee injury suffered in the blowout loss to Alabama last week, and his status for Tennessee's final five games is uncertain as the team captain, who set a program record for all-purpose yardage at Texas A&M 11 days ago, undergoes further evaluation.

photo Tennessee's Alvin Kamara gets a big Tennessee gain before being knocked out-of-bounds by Alabama's Ryan Anderson (22). The top-ranked University of Alabama Crimson Tide visited the University of Tennessee Volunteers in SEC football action on October 15, 2016

Beyond confirming defensive tackle Kahlil McKenzie would miss the rest of the season with a torn pectoral tendon, Tennessee coach Butch Jones on Tuesday afternoon volunteered no other injury updates, though he did answer a question about Kamara's status.

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