Vols’ Jones not counting out McDowell’s possible return

FILE - In this Sept. 9, 2017, file photo, Tennessee head coach Butch Jones looks on from the sideline during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Knoxville, Tenn. Tennessee's red-zone woes and its inability to prevent a 63-yard touchdown pass on the final play of a 26-20 loss at Florida on Saturday, Sept. 16, have Volunteers coach Butch Jones facing arguably the most criticism he's encountered since his arrival in Knoxville. (AP Photo/Wade Payne, File)

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Tennessee coach Butch Jones says there’s now at least a possibility that linebacker Cortez McDowell could return late in the regular season or in a bowl game.

McDowell injured his wrist last week in a 26-20 loss to Florida. After indicating Monday that McDowell was out for the seaso n, Jones said Wednesday there’s at least a chance the 6-foot senior could come back late in the year.

Jones also said injured safety/kick returner Evan Berry, linebacker Austin Smith and receiver Latrell Williams won’t be available Saturday when Tennessee (2-1) hosts Massachusetts (0-4). Jones says cornerback Baylen Buchanan should be available Saturday after missing two games.

Smith hasn’t played all season. Berry and Williams appeared in Tennessee’s season opener but haven’t played since.


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