MEMPHIS - The absence of Art Evans will extend into the weekend.
The Tennessee junior cornerback, who's missed a pair of practices over the last two weeks, has been suspended indefinitely for a violation of team rules.
UT spokesman Jimmy Stanton confirmed the suspension on Friday, which will keep Evans out of Saturday's game against Memphis (TV: CBS College Sports, 8 p.m.).
A source in the UT football program said the suspension is tied to a vehicle purchased by Evans in the spring that he hasn't been making payments on.
According to sources, speaking on condition of anonymity, UT doesn't believe the situation threatens Evans' eligibility and if payments are made on the car he would be allowed to return to the team. The sources also indicated there were no plans for the Vols to self-report any sort of violation for improper benefits to Evans and that the issue isn't thought to be tied to dealings with an agent.
Evans started six games for the Vols this season before missing a Wednesday practice before last week's trip to South Carolina for undisclosed personal reasons, though he still played in the loss despite Prentiss Waggner sliding over from safety to take his place at cornerback and playing well in his spot. The Lakeland, Fla., native again missed a workout on Thursday for personal reasons, but unlike a week ago, Evans won't be on the road with the team against the Tigers as the Vols try to snap a four-game losing streak.
Austin Ward covers Tennessee football. He may be reached 865-342-6274. Follow him at http://twitter.com/Vols_Beat and http://blogs.knoxnews.com/ward.