Rebel Linebacker Denzel Nkemdiche and Guard Aaron Morris Sidelined By Injuries

Derick E. Hingle-US PRESSWIRE

The Rebels didn't escape Nashville unscathed, as a pair of valuable Rebels suffered knee injuries.

The Ole Miss Rebels are 1-0 in the SEC after a 39-35 win over the Vanderbilt Commodores on Thursday night, but are dealing with a pair of injuries to key starters as a result of the hard-fought victory. Offensive guard Aaron Morris will miss the remainder of the season with a torn ACL, and All-SEC linebacker Denzel Nkemdiche will miss four to six weeks with a torn meniscus.

Morris is one of the Rebels' most seasoned linemen from his right guard spot where he is a dominant run blocker. His absense will likely result in a shifted offensive line similar to what we saw Thursday night against Vandy, where Pierce Burton moves from right tackle to right guard, Emmanuel McCray moves from left tackle to right tackle, and freshman Laremy Tunsil moves to left tackle.

Nkemdiche is one of the SEC's premier defenders, as he is a tenacious tackler and skilled at forcing turnovers. His snaps will be filled in largely by Serderius Bryant and Keith Lewis.

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