Tennessee’s loss to Pittsburgh on Saturday could have cost more than the final score, but crises may have been averted.

In the game, the Vols lost running back Jabari Small, quarterback Joe Milton and wide receiver Jalin Hyatt to injury and entering the contest, Tennessee was already without offensive lineman Cooper Mays and running back Tiyon Evans who suffered injuries prior to last Saturday.

Tennessee head coach Josh Heupel was asked about the status of those players during his Monday press conference ahead of the Vols’ Week 3 matchup with Tennessee Tech and provided some potentially positive news on Evans.

Evans and Small combined for more than 230 rushing yards and three touchdowns in Tennessee’s season opener against Bowling Green on Sept. 4 and Small started in the 41-34 loss to Pittsburgh before leaving the game in the first half, leaving true freshman running back Jaylen Wright to get the most of the carries in the second half.

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