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.

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December 31, 2007

Tennessee: Ainge Talks

It was common knowledge late in the summer that Tennessee quarterback Eric Ainge suffered a broken finger on his throwing hand just days before his team's season opener. What was not so commonly known was that the senior quarterback also played half the season with an injured throwing shoulder. Why didn't you hear about it? Because Ainge and the Tennessee coaching staff didn't want you to know.

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September 10, 2007

Tennessee: Gaines Loses

According to Tennessee coach Phil Fulmer, cornerback Antonio Gaines has sustained a "significant injury" that will keep him out of Saturday's game against No. 5 Florida. Fulmer has not released specifics about the injury, which Gaines sustained during the Vols' 39-19 win over Southern Mississippi on Saturday. With Gaines hurting, freshman safety Eric Berry moved to corner and Jarod Parrish came into the safety spot. The Gators are also missing some personnel, as receiver Andre Caldwell is definitely out with a sprained MCL and running back Brandon James is questionable with a sprained ankle.

September 05, 2007

Clemson: Win One, Lose Some

Clemson came away with the win on Monday night when Son beat Dad to take the Bowden Bowl 2007 title, but the Tigers' celebration was cut short by injury. Two starters, right guard Thomas Austin and defensive tackle Rashaad Jackson, were injured in the first half of the game and did not return - and Clemson hasn't said anything about the likelihood of their playing in this week's contest.

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September 02, 2007

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.

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August 30, 2007

Tennessee: Little Finger Is No Big Deal

Tennessee quarterback Erik Ainge broke the pinkie finger on his throwing hand this week, but that won't keep him from starting on Saturday at Cal. This is the first time the senior has broken a finger playing football, but if you're going to break one, the pinkie is a good one to choose - it probably has the least impact on a player's throwing motion, as it is usually tucked into the palm while the thumb, pointer and middle fingers grip the ball. The problem is that the pinkie is vital to the handoff process, and that's exactly how Ainge injured it on Monday, taking snaps from the center during practice.

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August 24, 2007

Tennessee: Heating the Sibling Rivalry

The sibling rivalry between Tennesse senior Brad Cottam and sophomore Jeff Cottam has just increased exponentially. The brothers are both listed at the tight end position and after Tuesday night, the younger Cottam has a chance to show up his older brother. Brad will miss most of the season after injuring his left wrist in a team scrimmage earlier this week, sidelining him at least until late October. In his absence, Jeff should see a lot more playing time.

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August 12, 2007

ACL Madness

This week's most popular injury was a common one - tearing the knee's anterior cruciate ligament - and it claimed the season of more than a few players. Pittsburgh wide receiver Derek Kinder is the most recent victim of the epidemic, tearing his ACL on Saturday, but he joins a long list of players whose seasons will be spent on the bench after making a cut in a routine drill.

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