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Kentucky running back Derrick Locke has been cleared by doctors. And Wednesday, he made it through an entire practice. Now the decision on whether he returns for Saturday’s game with Charleston Southern is up to Locke.

“It’s up to him whether he feel like he can protect himself,” Phillips said. “He’s been cleared by the doctors. He just doesn’t have the strength. If he feels like he has the strength to protect himself, he’ll go.

Locke has missed UK’s past three games with a shoulder injury, but Phillips said he started to looked like the old Locke during non-contact drills on Wednesday.

“He looked really good in the drills I saw him,” Phillips said. “He caught the ball well out of the backfield. Now he didn’t get hit; he had a red jersey on. But he looked fast. His legs are not hurting. We know that.

Phillips said he’s given no thought to holding Locke out this week and saving him for the Vanderbilt game on Nov. 13.

“If he can play, we’ve got to play Derrick Locke. What are we going to save him for? There’s no need to save him.Ā  This is a game we’ve got to win. You heard what Coach (David) Turner said the other day. This is a game we’ve got to win. We’ve got to play everybody we have available to win this game.”

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