ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia Tech began spring football practice with some bad news: senior linebacker Julian Burnett is unlikely to play this season.
The school has been vague about Burnett's condition, which apparently stems from a tackle he made in a Sun Bowl loss to Utah.
He staggered off the field in that game, and the only thing coach Paul Johnson has said since then is Burnett did not sustain a concussion.
Johnson said Monday that Burnett probably won't play this season, a huge blow to the defense. He led the Yellow Jackets in tackles the last two seasons and was a second-team All-Atlantic Coast Conference selection in 2011.
Georgia Tech practiced for two hours in shorts and helmets, the first of 15 spring workouts.