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Tennessee will reportedly be without one of its most experienced defensive starters during Saturday’s game against Florida and possibly the remainder of the season.

Safety Todd Kelly Jr. has a lingering knee injury that will likely require surgery, as first reported by FOX Sports Knoxville’s Jon Reed through sources with knowledge of the situation.

VolQuest.com reported that Kelly did not travel with the Vols to Gainesville this week and there is no confirmed timetable for his return. The website also reported that the safety and his family will meet with trainers and doctors to discuss the best course of action for his injury.

Kelly has appeared in 40 games and recorded 153 total career tackles during his collegiate career. The senior has been limited this season, which has led to more playing time for Nigel Warrior and Micah Abernathy at the two starting safety spots in his absence.

Tennessee will face Florida at 3:30 p.m. ET on CBS.

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