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Pruitt updates injuries of Guarantano, Callaway ahead of Vanderbilt

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Tennessee needs these two guys on Saturday.

NCAA Football: Missouri at Tennessee Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

Tennessee’s 50-17 loss to the Missouri Tigers was ugly in more ways than one. The Vols saw two of their best offensive players leave the field on Saturday and head to the locker room with injuries that kept them out of the rest of the contest.

The biggest blow was losing quarterback Jarrett Guarantano, who left in the first quarter after taking an arm to the helmet on a sack. He was hit three times during his short day as the Tennessee offensive line struggled to find their footing. Keller Chryst replaced him and tossed two interceptions while completing just 36 percent of his attempts.

Marquez Callaway, Tennessee’s most explosive receiver, left the game in the third quarter after taking a hit along the sidelines.

“(Jarrett) will be day to day this week,” Pruitt told the media on Monday. “Probably the same thing with Callaway. I’m not a doctor. I’ve got lots of confidence in our medical staff. They’ve done a really good job since I’ve been here, so you’re probably talking to the wrong person here.”

Pruitt said that Callaway is dealing with a bruised chest and will likely be in a non-contact jersey for the next couple of days of practice.

With one final shot at getting to six wins, Tennessee will have to beat Vanderbilt on Saturday to become bowl eligible. Judging from Saturday’s game against Missouri, Guarantano’s status will go a long way in determining the outcome of this weekend’s game in Nashville.