The cast was replaced by a brace on Tyler Bray’s right hand.
Then, at least temporarily, the Tennessee quarterback got rid of that, too.
Bray still appeared unable to grip a football on Tuesday morning, let alone throw one even after peeling off the softer protection for his broken thumb a day after the harder version was removed. And while the sophomore isn't ready to put on pads or play against No. 8 Arkansas on Saturday (TV: ESPN2, 6 p.m.). his recovery seems to be proceeding as planned.
"He doesn't have his range of motion, and it's about what we thought it would be," Vols coach Derek Dooley said. "So, he's right on track -- sore, and he's got to get his range of motion back, get his strength back.
"That's what he's working on. Lot of rehab."
It included some time on the exercise bike during the open portion of practice, but it didn't feature any passes from Bray -- at least not right-handed.
That comes as no surprise to the Vols (4-5, 0-5 SEC), who were already expecting Justin Worley to get a third consecutive start under center as the program looks for a road win over the Razorbacks (8-1, 4-1) in the push for a bowl bid.
But if Bray's first appearance with the cast off didn't do anything to change his status for this week, it also didn't do much to clear up when he might be cleared for a return.
"I think he can do whatever he's capable of doing," Dooley said. "Right now, he's not capable of doing much.
"I don't think (him wanting to rush back for a game) is as much the issue as just getting him out there where we could put him at risk. That's the biggest concern."
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