Watkins to be out “a short time” with knee injury


The Kentucky Wildcats football team runs onto the field prior to the game against South Carolina on Saturday, Sept. 29, 2018, in Lexington, Kentucky. Kentucky defeated South Carolina 24 to 10. Photo by Jordan Prather | Staff

UK football’s starting left tackle, Naasir Watkins, will be out for “a short time” according to head coach Mark Stoops in the early hours of Sunday morning after the team’s 24-10 win over South Carolina.

Watkins went down at the end of the second quarter with an apparent leg injury. He was walked off the field with the help of team trainers but had to be carted to the locker room. Stoops said that Watkins suffered a knee injury but wouldn’t specify what kind.

Watkins plays the same position as Landon Young, who suffered a season-ending injury before the start of the season. UK is now down to two potential left tackles, E.J. Price and Darian Kinnard, according to Stoops. Stoops will hope to play Kinnard to take snaps against Texas A&M next week heading into the bye, after which he hopes to have Watkins back.

The team can’t afford for Watkins to be out much longer than that, as Stoops was hoping for Kinnard to redshirt this year, rather than use up a year of eligibility. Stoops wants to “plug [Kinnard] in and maybe still keep his year.”

UK’s depth chart will be released Monday, and the team will take on Texas A&M on Saturday.