Tape It Up: Tennessee: Foster Is Back, Hopefully

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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.

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