Brendan Downs to miss a good 'chunk' of Vols' season after knee injury

Tennessee offensive linemen Zach Fulton, James Stone and Dallas Thomas, left to right, participate in a skit where fellow offensive lineman Isaac Mobley (75) impersonates teammate Antonio Richardson during media day at Neyland Stadium Saturday, Aug. 18, 2012. (ADAM BRIMER/NEWS SENTINEL)

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Tennessee offensive linemen Zach Fulton, James Stone and Dallas Thomas, left to right, participate in a skit where fellow offensive lineman Isaac Mobley (75) impersonates teammate Antonio Richardson during media day at Neyland Stadium Saturday, Aug. 18, 2012. (ADAM BRIMER/NEWS SENTINEL)

Tennessee’s options at tight end are dwindling after sophomore Brendan Downs suffered a serious knee injury in Friday night’s scrimmage.

Coach Derek Dooley said Downs dislocated his patella and would miss a good “chunk” of the season.

That leaves little depth behind starting tight end Mychal Rivera, who also has missed much of camp with injury.

Tight end was a position of strength for the Vols this summer. But sophomore Cameron Clear was dismissed after being charged with stealing a laptop.

Since camp opened, Rivera, Downs, Justin Meredith and Joseph Ayres have suffered injuries.

Rivera’s knee injury is not thought to be serious and the senior is familiar with the offense, coachessaid.

“We’re not going to change our offense,” Dooley said, “but we may move some parts around.”

Today was the Vols’ annual media day. Players posed for a team photo in the Neyland Stadium bleachers, then did interviews and photos on the field and inside at the Lauricella Center at the corner of the North end zone.

Tennessee goes back to practice Sunday afternoon.

Evan Woodbery covers Tennessee football. Follow him at Twitter.com/TennesseeBeat.

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Comments » 8

tennesseetyler writes:

Maybe we should poach Penn states tight end. Oh sorry kiffen is gone. Looks like tight end is a position of need. How about maymon from the basketball team he fits the bill and he knows how to beat the gators

BIVOLAR_BEARE writes:

in response to tennesseetyler:

Maybe we should poach Penn states tight end. Oh sorry kiffen is gone. Looks like tight end is a position of need. How about maymon from the basketball team he fits the bill and he knows how to beat the gators

Downs was the bright spot in an otherwise horribly played O/W game last Spring..Perhaps Croom can add about 20lbs of muscle and assume the TE/WR/ATH like Shannon Sharp and Kellen Winslow did in the NFL..GBO!

givehim6 writes:

Hopefuly none of the WR go down, need to keep the passing and run threat option open.

BigOrangeRock writes:

Seems like a lot of injuries so far. Maybe it is because we can't afford any.

TennesseeJV writes:

Get well soon Brendan!

On a brighter note, the #7 overall recruit according to Scout Demarcus Walker DT had this to say just a short while ago via Twitter:

"I'm really feelin orange and white lately. Knoxville might need to make some room for me"

Posted this on another article, just wanting to share my excitement as much as possible!

PUL4VOLS writes:

Sorry to hear this about Downs. Well it seems each year we have some important area with injury bugs to start the year. Fill in the hole coaches and keep the best guys healthy for the next 13 days. GO VOLS!

Rumblefish writes:

Dislocated a patella???? OUCH!!!! That hurts just reading it!

Rumblefish writes:

And what was I saying about injuries on the new sod on Haslam Field just a couple of days ago????

Please....stop the bleeding and take practice inside coach!

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