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January 26, 2008

Tennessee: Foster Is Back, Hopefully

When Tennessee junior running back Arian Foster decided earlier this month to return for his senior season rather than skip out early for the NFL, the Vols got a huge boost. Foster has the chance to become Tennessee's all-time leading rusher during his fourth year in Knoxville since his 1,193 yards in 2007 leave him just 685 yards shy of the UT career mark. Friday handed the Vols some less-than-great news, however, as the school announced that Foster has undergone knee surgery to repair an unspecified injury.

Foster, a 6-foot-1, 225-pound RB, underwent arthroscopic knee surgery on Friday, but is expected to be ready for the spring practice that will prepare him to pass the likes of Jamal Lewis and Travis Henry on the Tennessee all-time rush list.

The recovery time for his surgery is four to six weeks, which should give the senior ample time before taking the field with the rest of the returning Vols on March 11. Assuming the surgery goes as planned, it should not impact Foster's running ability, but any complications should come to light quickly at spring practices.

Foster currently ranks seventh on Tennessee's career rushing leader board with 2,394 yards. He was a projected second-round draft pick, but chose to return to Knoxville to improve on last year's 10-4 season, SEC title game loss and Outback Bowl win.

January 25, 2008

Senior Bowl Busted

Texas wide receiver Limas Sweed can't catch a break. After an injury-plagued season allowed the senior to see time in only six of the team's 13 games, it looks like the Senior Bowl has been no nicer to him . Sweed aggravated an existing injury to his left wrist during one-on-one drills early in the week and as a result, has spent much of his senior week experience sitting and watching. Not exactly what this fifth-year senior, former all-conference selection had in mind.

"The last couple days in practice, the one-on-ones, the guys went to break the ball up and bent my wrist forward," Sweed said. "It's 100 percent healed [after surgery], but my range of motion is about 30 percent. You can imagine how that felt. It's hurting too bad."

Sweed insisted that he wants to play, but it's more important for him to be smart with the NFL Draft less than three months away.

And he's not the only one hurting in Mobile.

LSU wide receiver Early Doucet, who was back and forth all season with various ailments, sat out of Wednesday's practice with a minor hamstring injury, but was expected to be well enough to play on Saturday.

West Virginia fullback Owen Schmitt also suffered an injury on Wednesday, tweaking his knee. Reports stated that Schmitt was able to walk back to the locker room on his own, but he is not expected to play on Saturday. UNLV linebacker Beau Bell will join Schmitt on the sideline with a busted knee, with the list of questionable players includes East Carolina running back Chris Johnson (shoulder), Michigan safety Jamar Adams (heel) and Michigan linebacker Shawn Crable (back).

Check in with The Red Zone for all the latest action from the Senior Bowl.

January 01, 2008

Virginia Tech: Too Much Fun In The Sun

On the trip to Florida for Thursday's Orange Bowl, Virginia Tech encouraged its players to go out and have some fun. Linebacker Vince Hall took that to heart, and seems to have had so much fun that he may not be able to play in the bowl game. The senior hurt his left knee during an outing at the beach and his participation in practice - as well as the amount of fun he's having in the sun - has been severely limited as a result.

"We are concerned," head coach Frank Beamer said. "It was a little tender [Monday]. The way I understand, it's going to be Vince's decision whether he can go or not."

If it were the Hokies' decision, Hall would certainly suit up. Even though he played in only nine of the team's 13 games this season, he is the team's second-leading tackler, with 92 to his name, including 6.5 for a loss and 3.5 sacks. He also picked off a pass, broke up three more and recorded four QB hurries. Hall missed four games earlier in the year after breaking his left forearm and wrist in the team's win over Clemson.

Should Hall be unable to start, junior Brett Warren will take over. He had 30 tackles in his four starts while Hall was waiting for his arm to heal, and has seen time in all 13 games this season. He also has 3.5 sacks and an interception to his name.

"We have confidence in Brett," Beamer said. "He stepped in and did a great job when [Hall] was out before. Knowing that he's been there and done a good job, that helps."

What doesn't help is knowing that left to their own devices, players can come back with beach-induced injuries. Beamer most likely won't be leaving his guys alone on the sand again any time in the near future.


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