Robert Hubbs scratched from RTL, still awaiting clearance

Tennessee men’s basketball coach Donnie Tyndall says it’s not a setback. But when the Pilot Rocky Top League starts Monday, Robert Hubbs will be sitting out.

“He’s not released yet,” Tyndall said at the league’s draft on Wednesday. “I would think really within the next two or three weeks at the most. But why risk it? We are going to keep him out as long as we need to make sure he is safe and 100 percent.”

Hubbs played in just 12 games as a freshman before season-ending surgery to repair a damaged left labrum shut him down. His operation was Jan. 14. When Tyndall met with the media on June 3, he predicted Hubbs would be cleared for full contact by “mid June or early July.” Hubbs, however, said he hoped to be full-go the following week — in time for Rocky Top League.

Tyndall said Hubbs participates in all the offseason workouts that are closed to the media, stepping out of shooting and skill development drills only when contact is involved. And there’s still a chance Hubbs could be cleared in time to get a few Rocky Top League games under his belt. But the coach made it clear Wednesday there will be no rush.

“The doctor is probably erring on the cautious side, which is what I would want,” Tyndall said. “I know that’s what his family would want. And no offense to the summer league it is certainly more important that he’s healthy for our fall camp.”