Junior quarterback Morgan Newton was back home in Indianapolis on Thursday getting a second opinion on his high ankle sprain and strained right shoulder, Kentucky football coach Joker Phillips said after practice.
The coach said the quarterback, who started UK's first eight games before getting injured against Mississippi State, would be back on Thursday evening in time to make the trip to Vanderbilt, for which he is listed as questionable.
"He and his parents, his family decided to get a second opinion on both his ankle and his shoulder," Phillips explained. "They're not the first family to do that. They went about it the right way and communicated with everybody and we gave him permission to go."
Phillips said Newton's parents were concerned that his injuries were not healing as quickly as they should.
Linebacker Wilson likely out
Ridge Wilson's shoulder has not shown marked improvement, and the linebacker probably will not make the trip to Vandy.
"It doesn't look very good. We're just hoping to get him back for the rest of the season after this," Phillips said, adding that freshman Alvin "Bud" Dupree will take Wilson's place and that UK probably will change some defensive formations to make up the difference.
■ Running back Raymond Sanders practiced lightly Thursday but will play against Vanderbilt, Phillips said. "We tried to rest him as much as we possibly can," Phillips said. "All the backs are banged up. We want to make sure he gets into the game."
Phillips on Paterno
Phillips was asked to give his opinion on legendary Penn State coach Joe Paterno, who was fired Wednesday night in the wake of the scandal over alleged child sex abuse involving a former assistant coach.
"You try to go past Coach Paterno and your thoughts are with the victims who were involved," Phillips said. "Past that, I don't know enough to be here speculating about what should or shouldn't have happened."