Tennessee center Josh McNeil will miss spring practice following arthroscopic knee surgery this week.
UT head athletic trainer Jason McVeigh said the surgery was successful, and that McNeil should be able to participate in off-season workouts following spring practice.
“He will miss spring practice,” McVeigh said in a statement, “but should return in time for all offseason conditioning and workouts.”
McNeil, a rising junior, started all 14 games last season for the Vols and earned honorable mention All-SEC honors.
McNeil, who played this past season at less than 300 pounds, is no stranger to surgery.
In 2005, McNeil redshirted after having shoulder surgery during the season, and following last year’s loss to Penn State in the Outback Bowl, he underwent arthroscopic knee surgery as well.
This marks the second consecutive year that McNeil will miss significant time in spring practice, as well.
Last year, McNeil missed several practices due to an ankle injury and a five-practice suspension.
UT opens spring practice March 11.