With Saturday's game at Florida looming nearer and nearer, Tennessee (2-0) put on the pads Wednesday, but exercised caution with two of its top defensive starters.
For a second consecutive day, cornerback Prentiss Waggner was in a red, non-contact jersey because of a banged-up shoulder. Freshman linebacker Curt Maggitt was also in red because of an unspecified injury, but neither player's status is in doubt for the Vols' SEC opener against the Gators (2-0), coach Derek Dooley said.
"They're doing fine," Dooley said. "Just precautionary, get a little sore, get a little banged up, just want to make sure everybody is aware of them when they're around. That's really why we do that."
Dooley and offensive line coach Harry Hiestand were both optimistic about left tackle Dallas Thomas and his recovery from a sprained right knee. Dooley has repeatedly said that Thomas will play Saturday (TV: WVLT, 3:30 p.m.), and Thomas, himself, said it would take much more than a mild sprain to keep him out.Dooley was less hopeful about defensive end Ben Martin, who sprained his ankle last week against Cincinnati.
"Ben's still struggling," Dooley said. "I don't know how much we're going to get out of him."