Morris out for year, D. Nkemdiche for several weeks

Ole Miss fans today aren’t able to enjoy a dramatic win over Vanderbilt as much as they thought they might as more injury news has hit the Rebels, and this is the worst yet.

Starting guard Aaron Morris sustained a torn ACL and is done for the season. Starting linebacker Denzel Nkemdiche had surgery today on a torn meniscus (knee) and is expected to be out 4-6 weeks.

Coaches have liked their depth at linebacker with junior Serderius Bryant behind Nkemdiche. Bryant did not play against Vanderbilt.

Morris spent the off-season recovering from shoulder surgery, and for two days in camp he was demoted to second team.

Senior Jared Duke was listed behind him on the first depth chart, but freshman Austin Golson played extensively in the first game.

Senior Patrick Junen will also be available, but the absence of Morris will really test the young depth offensive line coach Matt Luke has been trying to build.

Junen missed much of camp with a foot injury that has not completely healed.

It’s possible Laremy Tunsil could move into the starting left tackle spot. There’s obviously a lot of trust with him at the position, based on the number of snaps he got and when he got them in Nashville. That would leave one of the senior tackles, Emmanuel McCray or Pierce Burton, to possibly move inside to guard.

Injuries along the OL are a new obstacle for an Ole Miss team that had none of significance last year.

Denham Springs, La., native, Mississippian since 1989 with a stop in Meridian before arriving in Tupelo. Daily Journal beat writer since 1996, covering Ole Miss since 2002. Proud Northeast Louisiana alum. Follow me on Twitter @parrishalford and listen to Kory Keys and myself daily with The Ole Miss Beat on Rebel Sports Radio.

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  • The Ghost of Col. Reb

    Sad news, great players, heart of the team. Hope we can manage without them. Hope they heal quickly and return soon to the game we all love.

  • Cid Riley

    You guys can’t or won’t or maybe can’t handle the truth. Y’all don’t know the game, period!!! Really sad!
    #olemissprobation2014

  • JB

    A high price to pay for victory. I hope the best in the healing process for those two young footballers

    • Steve

      This is football there are inherent risks and the boys knew them. They will certainly get the best of care and prayers are out there for them to have a speedy recovery. I’m sure you and Cid BOTH wouldn’t want for anything less for ANY human being, RIGHT?

  • Cid Riley

    I was G.A at Northwestern University under Gary Barnett…we were as good as it got. So yeah, I know football. More so than your goofy self. DAF
    #olemissprobation2014

    • The Ghost of Col. Reb

      You weren’t jacksquat any where.

      • Killer_Beeze

        Well, I was the D.A. at Crime U. yada yada yada
        Cid’s off his meds again.

  • REB

    I didn’t ask what Ole Miss was trying to do on defense, I knew that from the start. Nor the reason someone thought they were playing the way they were. Why they should be playing the way that they were. Nobody sure gives a rats —— what a MI$$ $TATE troal professes to know. I asked PA a question as to the effect of if would have been to the benefit of Ole Miss to run a few biltzs during the Ole Miss game.

  • REB

    I was always taught to watch out for the person who keeps on telling people how smart he is. Who keeps on babbling a bunch of nonsense. It’s like old abe said ” I had rather keep silent and be thought a fool than to speak and remove all doubt”. The doubt has been removed.

    • Cid Riley

      Reb…if that’s your real name, you remind me of a little Chihuahua…just barking and all hyper..you probably live in a cardboard box under the old bridge on Hwy #6. DAF! It’s so loud, I can’t hear you.
      #olemissprobation2014

  • JB

    Aaron Morris will be missed, but the injury to Nkemdiche just about ripped the heart out of that Ole Miss defense.

    • Steve

      JB I wouldn’t say ripped the heart out. The Rebels are a ‘team’ and they will be just fine. Hugh Freeze has a way to bring them together and inspire them to rise above their circumstance. Denzel and Aaron will be missed but Ole Miss will still pull in the wins.

  • Cid Riley

    Heehee

  • Cid Riley

    Uhhh..blah blah blah. You’re just showing your ignorance, dude.
    #olemissprobation2014

    • The Ghost of Col. Reb

      MSwho got that bass whopped good #MSUsuxin2013

  • Cid Riley

    I have shoes with a higher IQ, than yours!!!
    #olemissprobation2014

  • Cid Riley

    The atmosphere here in Clemson is unreal. Awesome !! Can’t wait for the start!
    #olemissprobation2014

    • JB

      Clemson could be one of the surprising teams this season , they have an outstanding QB in Boyd and Coaches as well, Enjoy Cid

    • Steve

      Why aren’t you there Daddy Morebucks and not on here irritating the Loyal Ole Miss fans?

  • Cid Riley

    This crowd is loud…one of the loudest ever!! That’s why it’s called Deaf Valley..Wow..best college atmosphere I have seen!

  • Cid Riley

    Time for kickoff…go Tigers..whip them hairy dawgs…Tajh for Heisman

  • Cid Riley

    Clemson coach Dabo Sweeney played on 1992 National championship Alabama team..RTR..
    #olemissprobation2014

  • Cid Riley

    This beats the heck out of the walk of jellyfish in Oxford
    #olemissprobation2014

  • Cid Riley

    Clemson tooo fast for Georgia…LOUD
    #olemissprobation2014…

    • The Ghost of Col. Reb

      just further shows you know nothing about football

  • JB

    Killer Beeze if you are out there my message is:

    NO SIR-EE BUB– I AINT FERGETTIN

  • Cid Riley

    Wow Ghost! Think up that all by yourself? I got chunks of guys like you floating in my stool.
    #olemissprobation2014

    • Steve

      Talk about a disrespectful incredulous idiot? Wow! Cid YOU take the cake …
      You and your little leg humpers lost and I see it has left you in a rather foul mood.

  • Cid Riley

    Neither team from Mississippi is relevant to the rest of the country…nobody cares if Sharkfins or MSU wins…you live in a fantasy world.
    #olemissprobation2014

  • Cid Riley

    Smartphone you DAF!!

    • Steve

      Oh, I see crappy seats .. No 50′s available huh? Honestly, when my team is playing and I’m AT the game I don’t have time for my phone … I’m enjoying the game atmosphere. I guess you have no friends then … I feel sorry for you Cid. Really, I do.

      • Cid Riley

        When I am AT games, I enjoy the entire atmosphere, which includes texting my buds, smokin some buds, annoying little sharkfins and not wearing scarves and pointed toed shoes, like the guys? at Ole Miss do..DAF’s

        • Steve

          It figures you have to smoke your “buds”. Fictional men you’ve created while getting stoned so you can ‘bugger’ them … I’m getting a crystal clear picture of who you really are. Obviously, you’ve spent time in StarkHELL and are missing those sheep. Like I repeatedly say … I pity you Cid, truly You have a miserable existence. “THIS” is your entertainment.

          • Cid Riley

            SteveO..picture my foot up your rear end…lmao..You really don’t have avclue!!! I could live next door to you!! You never know. I may be a disgruntled Rebelbear shark fin and making up stuffvorvI could be connected to The Anti forward rebels..you just never know.

          • Steve

            Now, now Cid you’re getting your Blood pressure up. Settle down little fella. Trust me YOU don’t know me because I would NEVER socialize with anyone the likes of you. And I seriously doubt you have the ability or the stones to confront me “IF” you were to have the misfortune of such an event. Let’s just say I’m not your typical pushover … LMAO.

          • Cid Riley

            I hear ya brah!!! I got a set of stones myself. I am sure it would be an epic battle, but that’s not what will happen. We both know that! I would consider meeting you for a beer or a shot of Patrone…Skoal!!#olemissprobation2014

  • Cid Riley

    Endzone seat..moron

  • Cid Riley

    TV TIMEOUT…DAF

  • Cid Riley

    Clemson looked very strong. If you’re ever in Clemson eat at Big Dave’s BBQ.. awesome ribs. KILLERBZ you are a DAF!!! Lmao.
    #olemissprobation2014

  • Cid Riley

    Hey Killer! Speaking of Crime U, I think I am going to go to south beach to see the mighty Gators take on the Hurricanes this Saturday. Should be a great atmosphere. Chomp, Chomp.
    #olemissprobation2014

  • Cid Riley

    SteveO, you’re a funny little shark fin…I dig your sense of humor. Its like this…I am a bad man and I have been in some tough spots…overseas, if you get my drift. That’s why I have so much respect for JB! Us vets stick together…but I ain’t mad atcha!
    #olemissprobation2014

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