LEXINGTON — Kentucky senior defensive end Vincent “Sweet Pea” Burns was scheduled to have arthroscopic surgery on his knee this morning to repair a small cartilage tear.
Burns had missed three practices because of soreness in his knee. Tests Wednesday revealed the injury.
If all goes well, Burns should be able to play in Kentucky’s season-opening game Sept. 5 at Louisville. Kentucky coach Rich Brooks said he didn’t know exactly when Burns would be able to return, but that “it should be the week before the Louisville game.”
Burns is Kentucky’s defensive leader. He had 72 tackles and 18 quarterback sacks, the best mark in the Southeastern Conference, last year. He was the only Kentucky player named to the preseason All-SEC team.
Burns has also been named to three preseason national award watch lists — Lombardi Award for the top lineman, Bronko Nagurski Award for best defensive player and Ted Hendricks Award for best defensive end.