Gerald Jones (hand) could be out two to three games

Tennessee wide receiver Gerald Jones has his hand checked out during the game against UT Martin at Neyland Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 4, 2010. UT won the game 50-0.

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Tennessee wide receiver Gerald Jones has his hand checked out during the game against UT Martin at Neyland Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 4, 2010. UT won the game 50-0.

The catch was highlight-worthy, but the more it was shown on Saturday night at Neyland Stadium, the worse it looked for the Tennessee football team.

Senior wide receiver Gerald Jones had his third-quarter catch upheld after a replay review, but every angle also showed him grimacing and gingerly holding a hand that first-year coach Derek Dooley confirmed had a broken bone in it that will force Jones to miss at least two games.

With those opponents being Oregon and Florida, that’s bad timing and a big blow.

“It’s bad news on Gerald, it looks like he’s going to miss at least two to three games for his hand,” Dooley said during his Sunday teleconference. “(Right guard) Jarrod Shaw is questionable for his ankle, and (wide receiver) Denarius Moore has a banged-up ankle. He’ll be questionable too, going into the week.”

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newportvol writes:

not good not good at all..

PennVol writes:

Dang! Some guy named Da'Rick needs to step up quick!

andy112382#209793 writes:

As long as Moore at least plays, we'll be OK at WR, outside of LB and DE, that is probably our deepest position.

Shaw, sure hope he is available, as long as it is questionable and not out, I'll hold off on getting overly concerned.

Ayres_Hall writes:

Who's not banged up? It's football.

Major_Magilicutty writes:

He probably shouldn't have even been playing considering how much of a lead we had at that point in the game. Too bad.

Halls3 writes:

This is not good. Like him or not, Gerald Jones's experience & leadership was going to be needed the next two games. Oregon & Florida are both very talented & this hurts. Hunter & Rogers may eventually be all world but UT is better off with Jones against these two teams.

RandRams writes:

Landed awkwardly, broke his wrist AND still held onto the 'ball---great players make great plays.

Speedy recovery GJ.

kd45music writes:

Let's face it, the chances of winning either of those two games are somewhere between zero and negative. So, looking on the bright side, at least our young guys will get a chance to show what they got. As long as they play hard, I'll be okay with it. I'm more concerned with any future injuries and how well Simms will play.

RandRams writes:

in response to RichieRich:

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Injuries seem to shadow GJ, an unfortunate result for a player that always gives 100%, plays hard and never takes a play off.

RandRams writes:

in response to kd45music:

Let's face it, the chances of winning either of those two games are somewhere between zero and negative. So, looking on the bright side, at least our young guys will get a chance to show what they got. As long as they play hard, I'll be okay with it. I'm more concerned with any future injuries and how well Simms will play.

"Let's face it, the chances of winning either of those two games are somewhere between zero and negative."

I disagree.

vol94 writes:

in response to kd45music:

Let's face it, the chances of winning either of those two games are somewhere between zero and negative. So, looking on the bright side, at least our young guys will get a chance to show what they got. As long as they play hard, I'll be okay with it. I'm more concerned with any future injuries and how well Simms will play.

What an ignorant comment. Tell that to jacksonville state.

ProwlinAndGrowlinSmokeyDog writes:

As I said in another post, I hate to hear this and this would happen before two of the toughest games of the year..Just heal up as quickly as possible, GJ!!

It's time for these other talented receivers to step up and make plays for the team..I still think we can beat Oregon and I am sticking to my prediciton on that...Plus,we have Oku and Poole that can make big plays in a heartbeat...We'll be ok.

commonman writes:

in response to PennVol:

Dang! Some guy named Da'Rick needs to step up quick!

I guess the bar brawl has been swept under the rug

chad_t31 writes:

I, too, hate to hear of GJ's injury. But if he's gonna miss the Oregon and Florida games, it might be a good idea to hold him out of the UAB game as well. Too valuable to lose for the year. Then again, if he says he wants to go Saturday, let him. Speedy recovery wished upon you #4. Go Vols!

RandRams writes:

in response to VOODOOley:

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Thanks VOODOOley, for catching my error. Having suffered both I'd take breaking a metacarpal or 2-3 to breaking a wrist.
If GJ's injury is isolated to broke (not fractured) bone(s) in the hand two-three weeks is about right.

volzcrushm writes:

in response to Witch_Doctor:

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I agree WD.... It's toughest from the leadership role. We have great talent at the position so, It's work all week on getting this young, explosive new talent ready to rock. LET'S GO DUCK HUNTING!!!!!!! GBO!!

smokies_old_soul writes:

in response to Witch_Doctor:

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as long as this new young talent you speak of doesn't get totally freaked out in their first college big-game experience ....... and because of the positive showing against ut-martin, the oregon game - saturday nite in neyland w/ national tv audience - will have a big-game atmosphere.

smokies_old_soul writes:

come to think of it, with all the positives coming out of saturday - the BIG negative is the injuries to the only 3 senior offensive starters - what kind of bad luck is that ?

oskie_score writes:

Feel for Gerald, oft-injured but he's a gamer!

TLepage writes:

i think moore and shaw will be fine for oregon, listing players as questionable is an old bill bellicheck trick.... Saban learned from bellicheck and dooley learned from saban... besides, moore's last play was that bomb for a td from simms... he will play and so will shaw....

tenndave writes:

Mr. Hunter will fill in admirably.

nocleats writes:

Punt returns ?

huntined#565710 writes:

Seems like sometimes if we didn't have bad luck we would not have any at all!!

KarnsVol writes:

It was obvious Saturday night that Gerald is a big go-to guy in UT's offense this year, Simm's biggest target. We need a Rogers or a Hunter to step up big time.

HtownVol writes:

It is time for Hunter to have a game like all the practices that we all read about (7 catches for 140 yards). If that miracle were to happen and we get another 200+ yard running game UT wins vs Oregon.

I agree that Jones gives 100%, but seriously has he made it through a full season yet? If he stayed healthy Jones would be a NFL draft pick, but after this for sure he will be lucky to be signed as a FA.

Come on DaRick, Hunter and Milton! UT needs you guys to have the game of your lives this weekend.

Also I am sure that it will only help UTs chances if Neyland Stadium is ROCKING!
Please, if you go to the game make Oregon wish they were not there!

FearTheVols1252 writes:

in response to Halls3:

This is not good. Like him or not, Gerald Jones's experience & leadership was going to be needed the next two games. Oregon & Florida are both very talented & this hurts. Hunter & Rogers may eventually be all world but UT is better off with Jones against these two teams.

Jones can still be a leader from he sideline... need I remind you of Al Wilson?!

RockyTopVolFan writes:

This O U C H is for Gerald, I bet that hurts!
You made a great catch, sorry that you bummed up your hand...get well soon!
Go VOLS!

HtownVol writes:

in response to RichieRich:

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Take it easy RR. I am proud of Gerald for giving his all for UT! He made a great play and broke his hand and you want to call him out.

" Get hurt prior to the HeavyWeights, get back in time to be a world beater against Ky and Vandy"

Show a little respect to a great Volunteer. I honestly do not think that Gerald has any control of which team is coming up and that he broke his hand on purpose.

I am ashamed for Vol fans such as yourself (when you type comments like that).

Please just appreciate the hard work GJ has put in. I have said things I regret and I am sure that you know you mis-typed.

Thank you RR for showing support for Hunter and Rogers. All the Vol players need to know that they play for the team with the best fans in the country. On saturday lets make sure Neyland is so loud that Oregon does not know what is going on.

GO VOLS!

jimr07 writes:

in response to naffy:

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you are a sick man.

oskie_score writes:

in response to nocleats:

Punt returns ?

I'd say David Oku...he was set to return before CDD opted for GJ.

GerryOP writes:

Mr. Jones will be missed but life goes on. Next in line, step up .... it's your day to shine.

One down, 11 to go... we're still undefeated.

Not to change the topic, but how about them Gatas? Take out Demps' 72 yard scramble, they had a grand total of 140 yards of offense ... against the mighty Miami(OHIO) RedHawks. Awesome lil' Gataboydudes, awesome! JBthe3rd is still drafting his "Never again" speech.

mdvol writes:

I'm not doubting GJ has a broken bone but...
I'll practically guarantee you he will start versus Oregon! Sure, he'll be in a brace and won't return punts but he will catch at least 5 balls and score at least one TD.....leading the Vols to a big win!

We are going to surprise some damn people.
We will upset either Florida or Alabama.

rockytoppop writes:

Florida had 28 total yards by the end of the 3rd quarter. longest pass play went for 10 yards. Bring on the "mighty" gators !!!!

mdvol writes:

Vols replay on SportSouth right now.

cloudodust writes:

Guess we'll get a shot to see the young 'uns. I feel a growth spurt opportunity a-coming...

VOL03_NC writes:

in response to BIVOLAR_BEAR:

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AMEN! My thoughts exactly.

TennVol01 writes:

in response to RichieRich:

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He does seem injury prone and the NFL will note this. But he was 100% at the start of the game and his play showed it. His hand is only sprained badly...I assume...and he should be 100% soon. NFL will also take note that he caught the ball that despite the injury.

VolGrad writes:

in response to commonman:

I guess the bar brawl has been swept under the rug

You know something the rest of us, including the KPD doesn't know?

volsfannsc writes:

in response to RichieRich:

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I hate it for him being a regular 'post'-er. I also hate it for all the Vols fans. Is it me or does he post this EVERY yr since his first post? Gets negative after the first game and then shifts gear when the outlook is beter?

Where do you get off making such a statement? Do you think he fakes an X-ray? Or rather intentionally placed his hand in a position to get broken because he didn't want to face Oregon and Florida? I know you are entitled to your opinion, but comments like these are beter suited somewhere else. GJ gives his all for Tenn.- wish we could say the same for you.

cloudodust writes:

This senerio is like deja vu all over again. Remember going into opening day last year, Tennessee's projected starting WR's were banged up. Crompton's pitch and catch relationship with the 2nd teamers wasn't sharp and it cost the team, and it cost Crompton.

Mule_Days_King writes:

in response to cloudodust:

This senerio is like deja vu all over again. Remember going into opening day last year, Tennessee's projected starting WR's were banged up. Crompton's pitch and catch relationship with the 2nd teamers wasn't sharp and it cost the team, and it cost Crompton.

Last year: no Justin Hunter or Da'Rick Rogers.

cloudodust writes:

in response to Mule_Days_King:

Last year: no Justin Hunter or Da'Rick Rogers.

True, but untested. Timing issues and trusting your WR'ers are on the same page with reading coverages etc, is all the rage in communicating the pigskin between QB and WR'er. That takes practice and time to build. Not to say it's not there, but I'd feel more comfortable this early in the season knowing that Simms spent ample camp time with Da'Rick and Hunter.

CoverOrange writes:

in response to cloudodust:

This senerio is like deja vu all over again. Remember going into opening day last year, Tennessee's projected starting WR's were banged up. Crompton's pitch and catch relationship with the 2nd teamers wasn't sharp and it cost the team, and it cost Crompton.

Didn't JC throw like 5 TDs to those 2nd teamers in that game? 63-7. You're thinking of the second game when the 1st teamers came back.

Mule_Days_King writes:

in response to cloudodust:

True, but untested. Timing issues and trusting your WR'ers are on the same page with reading coverages etc, is all the rage in communicating the pigskin between QB and WR'er. That takes practice and time to build. Not to say it's not there, but I'd feel more comfortable this early in the season knowing that Simms spent ample camp time with Da'Rick and Hunter.

Good points. We knew that the freshmen WR's would see playing time this year, just not this soon. I think these guys surprise some folks in Jones' absence.
Stocker will need to step up huge. His leadership and stabilty will be key as Simms will probably be looking his way as a safety valve.

volsfan74 writes:

From a talent standpoint we will be okay but GJ has been there in big games before and his leadership will be key. He can still show some leadership and enthusiasm on the sidelines to the other WR even if he's not playing. We need Stocker to wake up and play we need to be able to throw to the middle of the field.

TKO writes:

dadgum

TKO writes:

in response to naffy:

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I get it now.....it's not Naffy, but.......

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=33si26...

GVolsG writes:

Can someone please address how ridiculous the "paddded" brick wall is? It virtually marks out of bounds in the corners of the endzone. It almost knocked Denarius Moore out cold. Good luck running fade routes in Neyland (which should be one of our best opportunities this year with our height, speed, and athleticism at receiver). I will say that we lose 2 vols for the season because of this brilliant design...but the new concourse sure looks great!

BigOrangeSlim writes:

You know if the ball had been throwing so it hit G Jones in stride instead of him having to wait on it this could all have been avoided. Hope they have good film for Coach Cheney to show young Sims how important fundamentals are.

VOL_IN_BAMA writes:

Never should have been playing that late in the game with that big of a lead. Pull your playmakers out to avoid things like this from happening. It's not like they were going to make a comeback on us. They couldn't even move the ball against our D. We really needed him for these next two games coming up.

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