Brent Vinson suspended

Brent Vinson suspended

Tennessee head coach Phillip Fulmer offered a positive injury report after Thursday?s 90-minute workout at Haslam Field, where the Vols concluded final preparations for Saturday?s SEC encounter at South Carolina.

Last weekend against Alabama, UT suffered notable injuries to defensive tackle Dan Williams (knee), defensive end Wes Brown (knee), and linebackers Ellix Wilson (ankle) and LaMarcus Thompson (ankle). In addition, offensive tackle Anthony Parker (ankle) and defensive tackle Walter Fisher (toe) were limited and wide receiver Gerald Jones (ankle) did not play.

But Fulmer said the outlook for the group as a whole might not be so sour.

"Actually, the guys are doing well. Dan Williams looks like he might be able to play - I wouldn't have said that at all on Monday. Walter Fisher is a week better and hopefully we are going to get some help from him. I think Wes Brown will definitely play. Gerald (Jones) is not 100 percent, but he is probable. I certainly wouldn't put him out there if I didn?t think he could protect himself, but hopefully he?ll be a day or two better (by Saturday).

"We've had three really tough SEC games in a row, but we're moving right along. Better than I thought."

Tennessee (3-5, 1-4 SEC) has four games remaining in its race for bowl eligibility. After facing South Carolina (5-3, 2-3), the Vols host Wyoming (2-6), travel to Vanderbilt (5-3, 3-2) and host Kentucky (5-3, 1-3).

Fulmer also announced that sophomore defensive back Brent Vinson has been suspended for this weekend's game for violation of team rules.

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