Tape It Up: Tennessee: Bigger Scares To Attend To

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Tennessee: Bigger Scares To Attend To

Watching Eric Ainge's super-accurate passing on Saturday afternoon, you might have forgotten that the quarterback broke the pinkie finger on his throwing hand earlier in the week. It might have appeared that Ainge had forgotten about it too, as the senior completed a career-high 32 of his 47 pass attempts for 271 yards, three TDs and no interceptions, but Tennessee has bigger worries on its hands - starting defensive end Xavier Mitchell silenced Memorial Stadium near the end of the game. The senior laid completely immobile on the turf for nearly mive minutes before slowly waving one hand as he was carried off the field on a stretcher.

Luckily, the left end was alert and talking after he left the field, but as of yet, no diagnosis has been released on the severity of the frightening injury. Head coach Phil Fulmer said that a CT and X-ray were taken Saturday night and no spinal damage was found, but more details would be released as they come to light.

With Mitchell able to move his limbs, talk could return to Ainge's pinkie, which suddenly seemed all but inconsequential. The senior had his pinkie taped to his ring finger throughout the game, and complained of poor releases on several of his tosses.

"There were a couple of throws where [the ball] came out pretty terrible," Ainge said. "That one to Lucas Taylor down there in the end zone didn't come out right at all."

If that was Ainge when the ball came out poorly, you'll definitely want to be watching this guy when the ball comes out well.

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