Tennessee opted for the preventative maintenance route when addressing a shoulder injury that bothered linebacker Herman Lathers throughout the end of the 2010 season.
Lathers had successful surgery on his right shoulder last week and will be limited during spring practice, UT announced Monday. The rising junior linebacker, however, is expected to be ready for summer workouts and should be able to participate without restrictions when fall camp opens in August.
The surgery was performed by Dr. Greg Mathien and Dr. Russell Betcher of the Knoxville Orthopedic Clinic at the University of Tennessee Medical Center.
Lathers is UT’s lone returning starting linebacker heading into the 2011 season and is a key piece to a Vols’ defense that had its ups and downs in Derek Dooley’s first year.
Lathers, a Baton Rouge, La. native, started 12 of 13 games in 2010, missing action just once against UAB in September. The former All-SEC freshman middle linebacker adapted easily to a switch back to the outside, as he was second on the team with 75 tackles and chipped in with 4.5 tackles for loss and 2.5 sacks.
Lathers recorded 25 tackles in the season’s final three games and notched two 10-tackle games throughout the year.