Clinton Lynch’s availability for Tennessee uncertain

Georgia Tech running back Clinton Lynch (22) runs for a touchdown against Georgia at Sanford Stadium on Saturday, November 26, 2016. HYOSUB SHIN / HSHIN@AJC.COM

Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson did not give an update on the practice status of A-back Clinton Lynch following Wednesday’s practice, leaving in question his availability for the season opener against Tennessee in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff game Monday.

Asked if he practiced Wednesday, Johnson replied, “We’ll let you know.”

Tech is not obligated to provide an injury report before the game, as it is a non-conference matchup. ACC rules require teams to release injury information for league games only. Lynch did not practice for several days because of an undisclosed injury at least through Monday. Johnson had said last week that, if Lynch did not return to practice by the end of the week, he probably wouldn’t play against the Volunteers.

Johnson amended his stance Monday, saying that "I'll make a decision when he gets back. We can't decide when he's not practicing."

Lynch was highly productive last season with the ball in his hands, gaining 905 yards and scoring eight touchdowns on 53 touches.

Without Lynch, Tech likely will play an A-back rotation of Qua Searcy, J.J. Green and Nathan Cottrell.