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Tenn.’s Washington May Miss Game

October 30, 2002

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) _ Tennessee receiver Kelley Washington could miss Saturday’s game against South Carolina.

Washington is still being evaluated after being held out of the Volunteers’ 34-14 loss to Alabama last Saturday because he had not fully recovered from a concussion sustained Oct. 12.

``A head, neck or heart injury we’re going to take very seriously,″ head trainer Keith Clements said Tuesday. He would not comment on the specifics of Washington’s injury, citing the university’s confidentiality rules.

Clements said Washington won’t play ``until we are comfortable as a staff that he can play,″ and said that probably won’t be determined until further tests are performed on Thursday.

Washington is the 25th-ranked Volunteers’ top receiver with 443 yards on 23 catches despite playing in only four of the first seven games.

Tennessee (4-3, 1-3 Southeastern Conference) plays the Gamecocks (5-3, 3-2) Saturday in Columbia.

Washington didn’t miss a practice in the two weeks leading up to the Alabama game. But an examination two days before showed Washington had cleared only 95 percent of the symptoms, and trainers would not allow him to play.

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