Vols defensive end Darrell Taylor will return from suspension and play against Kentucky on Saturday night, Butch Jones announced in a statement.
“Darrell has completed the requirements we had set for him to return to play and he will be available tonight against Kentucky,” Jones said. “He must continue to meet criteria we have set forth for him on a daily and weekly basis.”
Taylor was suspended for the South Carolina and Alabama games because of multiple factors according to Jones. Taylor was ejected from the Georgia game in the second half and was involved in an altercation with teammate Trey Smith in practice during the bye week.
Jones also announced that quarterback Quinten Dormady will miss the Kentucky game and is expected to have season-ending shoulder surgery next week.
Dormady started the first five games of the season before redshirt freshman Jarrett Guarantano took over the starting job for the South Carolina game.
Freshman Will McBride is expected to be the backup for the game against Kentucky.
The Vols will also be without star running back John Kelly and freshman linebacker Will Ignont, who were suspended after being cited for having marijuana in their vehicle.
Tennessee has lost three games in a row and is 0-4 in the SEC. The Vols offense hasn't scored a touchdown in 14 quarters, dating back to the UMass game in September.
Tennessee has won 31 of the last 32 meetings with Kentucky. Kickoff is schedule for 7:30 at Kroger Field. The game will be televised on the SEC Network.