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Kentucky loses two top receivers for Mizzou game

Ryan Timmons, Kivon Coman AP

Here’s about as unfortunate a break as Kentucky could’ve got this week: Freshman receiver Alexander Montgomery suffered an ACL injury on Saturday and is out for the season, meaning he’ll miss this Saturday’s upset bid against Mizzou in Lexington.

Montgomery injured himself celebrating a touchdown in Kentucky’s 48-14 win over Alabama State on Saturday.

“We lose enough guys in games and practice, we can’t lose them in pregame and celebrations,” coach Mark Stoops said.

Kentucky will also be without receiver Ryan Timmons, who sprained his ankle against Alabama State. Between Montgomery and Timmons are 43 catches, 432 yards and four touchdowns.

The Wildcats, though, will get leading receiver Javess Blue (28 catches, 345 yards, 2 TDs) back, according to the Lexington Herald-Leader’s Jen Smith, for the Mizzou game. Blues suffered perhaps a more freakish injury than Montgomery’s on Saturday — during warmups, Blue was hit in the face with a ball, causing his eye to swell to the point where his vision wasn’t good enough to play against Alabama State.

Hurt while celebrating? Taking a football to the face? Maybe Stoops should hope one of his receivers doesn’t fall off the face of the Earth next.


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