Report: Todd Kelly Jr. Admitted to UT Medical Center

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    Todd Kelly Jr. had a rough senior season in 2017, and so far his offseason isn’t going much better according to reports.

    Multiple reports have stated that Kelly Jr. sustained injuries on Thursday night and was admitted to the Tennessee Medical Center. Trey Wallace of The Read Optional first reported the news, and he claims that Kelly Jr. suffered those injuries due to a fall.

    Later in the day, Mike Griffith of SEC Country reported that Kelly Jr. had been admitted to the medical center but was back on campus Friday with no serious injuries “according to a source with direct knowledge of the situation.”

    One report from longtime Knoxville reporter Jimmy Hyams claims that his injuries came about after an apparent suicide attempt, however. Hyams’ report has thus far been unconfirmed, and no other reports about Kelly’s injury have mentioned a suicide attempt, though.

    But according to Hyams, Kelly was involved in a “minor altercation” with another male at a bar on Cumberland Avenue according to a UT police report, went back to his apartment, got in an argument with his girlfriend, and threatened suicide when she started to leave. This was all from the incident report according to Hyams.

    Once again, this report has thus far been unconfirmed, but we will update as more information becomes available.

    Kelly Jr. himself sent out a tweet this morning that didn’t confirm anything, but he thanked people for prayers and said he appreciated “the love and support” he’s received.

    Kelly played in just two games for for the Vols in 2017, and he has received a medical redshirt and will play a fifth season for Tennessee in 2018. Kelly had surgery in October of 2017 to repair his knee that he injured during the season. He totaled just eight tackles and half a tackle for loss in 2017.

    In 2016, Kelly led the Vols in tackles with 71, and he had been one of the more consistent players on Tennessee’s defense over the last few seasons. In 40 career games with the Vols (16 starts), Kelly has totaled 158 tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss, a sack, 14 passes defended, eight interceptions, a forced fumble, and a fumble recovery.

    UPDATE: Todd Kelly Jr. has since responded with a tweet stating that his knee that had been recovering from surgery “gave out on me and resulted in me slipping and falling.”

    Nathanael Rutherford
    Nathanael Rutherford is the managing editor and social media manager for Rocky Top Insider. Nathanael graduated from the University of Tennessee and cultivated a passion for the Vols while growing up in Knoxville a mere 10 minutes from Neyland Stadium. He's been a part of the RTI team since November of 2015 and has been the editor of RTI since June of 2017. If he's not talking or writing about Tennessee athletics, he's probably talking about Star Wars.