Kentucky football LB Jacquez Jones leaves game vs. Ole Miss with foot injury

Brooks Holton
Louisville Courier Journal

Kentucky football linebacker Jacquez Jones exited Saturday's game in Oxford, Mississippi, after suffering a reported left foot injury, according to ESPN sideline reporter Molly McGrath.

Jones, a graduate transfer from Ole Miss, was slow to get up after tackling running back Zach Evans for a 4-yard gain with less than nine minutes to play in the first quarter. He returned to the game, however, and hauled in a key interception that ended the Rebels' attempt to extend their lead over the Wildcats entering halftime.

Jones took the field for the second half, but the injury appeared to be bothering him after multiple plays. After a 5-yard run by Ole Miss' JJ Henry with less than seven minutes to play in the third quarter, the linebacker went down again and needed to be assisted off the field by two members of the training staff.

Sep 4, 2021; Lexington, Kentucky, USA; Kentucky Wildcats linebacker Jacquez Jones (10) tackles Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks wider receiver Jahquan Bloomfield (29) during the fourth quarter at Kroger Field. Mandatory Credit: Jordan Prather-USA TODAY Sports

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According to Nicole Hutchison of WDKY-TV, Jones went to Kentucky's locker room to have his injury evaluated. Jones racked up five tackles, all unassisted, and his first-half pick before leaving the game.

Junior D'Eryk Jackson entered the game in Jones' absence and broke up a pass from Ole Miss' Jaxson Dart that appeared to be going for a big gain.

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Head coach Mark Stoops said he didn't have any updates on Jones' injury after UK fell to the Rebels 22-19. According to Mitch Brown of WDKY-TV, Jones was on crutches while standing on the sideline during the fourth quarter.

Through five games, Jones has 31 total tackles (13 unassisted), 1.5 tackles for loss, a sack and an interception.

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