ATLANTA -- Georgia Tech offensive tackle John Bennett, an Atlantic Coast Conference all-freshman selection in 2000, won't be able to play again because of a chronic knee injury.
The Yellow Jackets also are concerned that another tackle, Jeremy Phillips, could be sidelined for good because of a knee problem.
In addition, freshman running back Eddie Lee Ivery Jr. is out for the season after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee during offseason workouts.
Bennett, who played at Etowah High School, has been granted a medical hardship. He will remain on scholarship and work in the athletic department while pursuing his degree, but will not count against the team's scholarship total.
"He is not going to be able to make it back," coach Chan Gailey said Monday.
Bennett started every game at right tackle as a freshman. He was part of a line that led the ACC by allowing only 16 sacks, just 14 by the starters.
Bennett started the first three games last year, but was never the same after spraining his right knee, forcing him to sit out four games.
Phillips tore ligaments in his left knee during the spring of 2001. He continues to rehabilitate the injury but isn't close to returning, making him a candidate for a medical hardship.
Ivery, the son of one of Georgia Tech's greatest running backs, reported for preseason workouts with the injured knee. He will undergo surgery Thursday.
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