Minor finger surgery for Da'Rick Rogers a success

There didn't appear to be much wrong with the hands of Da'Rick Rogers as he hauled in more receptions than anybody else in the SEC last season.

Heading into next season, the Tennessee receiver should have an even better grip.

Rogers underwent successful surgery to repair ligaments in his right index finger on Friday morning, a minor procedure that won't limit his ability to participate in spring practice as he tries to build on an all-conference campaign as a sophomore.

"Thank you for all the good wishes," Rogers posted on his Twitter account, along with a picture of a handful of nurses. "Surgery went well! A speedy recovery is (in) store!"

The rehabilitation for Rogers should obviously be quicker than that of classmate and fellow standout receiver Justin Hunter, who is continuing his recovery from torn knee ligaments suffered in the third game of the season last year.

The Vols could certainly use both at full strength again, particularly after the fast start they posted together during the opening weeks of the season as the offense unveiled a high-flying passing attack with Tyler Bray at quarterback.

The loss of Hunter for the season and then Bray for five games ultimately slowed UT down through the air. But Rogers still finished the year with more receptions than anybody else in the league, accounting for 1,040 yards and nine touchdowns on those 67 grabs.

Austin Ward covers Tennessee football. Follow him at http://twitter.com/Vols_Beat and http://blogs.knoxnews.com/ward.

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AirForceVol writes:

Was it the same finger he's supposedly been holding up to his teammates as of late?

Greyfeathers writes:

Would this be the finger D'Brick injuried while waving it at his coach?

BR_549 writes:

Maybe this explains all the Da'Drops last year.

TrouserCough writes:

Remember Kentucky! We are better than 22 months ago.

BR_549 writes:

in response to BlueTickHound4:

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Apparently YOU didn't watch any of the games last season. He should have caught 100. And more than likely he's kicked off the team before Sept this year because of his attitude.

Witch_Doctors writes:

in response to BR_549:

Apparently YOU didn't watch any of the games last season. He should have caught 100. And more than likely he's kicked off the team before Sept this year because of his attitude.

Witch Doctor say turn off the Travis/Basillo/Hyams kookaid. Geez
Bones never lie.

NashvillePreds writes:

in response to Witch_Doctors:

Witch Doctor say turn off the Travis/Basillo/Hyams kookaid. Geez
Bones never lie.

True.
What is Da'Rick, 19, 20 years old?
Cut the kid some slack.

Witch_Doctors writes:

in response to NashvillePreds:

True.
What is Da'Rick, 19, 20 years old?
Cut the kid some slack.

Witch Doctor agree 100% NashPred but really no one of any credibility has been able to confirm any of this. Witch Doctor say these bozos just say anything and everything on the radio and our dumb fans run with it. Witch Doctor say too much drama! Witch Doctor hate to be judged every move back when he was this age.(thank God! lol)
Bones never lie.

UTAlum88 (Inactive) writes:

Just saw Auburn granted a release to Michael Dyer. Wonder if there are any restrictions on where he can go? We could certainly use him!

jjsteel writes:

in response to Witch_Doctors:

Witch Doctor agree 100% NashPred but really no one of any credibility has been able to confirm any of this. Witch Doctor say these bozos just say anything and everything on the radio and our dumb fans run with it. Witch Doctor say too much drama! Witch Doctor hate to be judged every move back when he was this age.(thank God! lol)
Bones never lie.

Soooo..Witch Doctor, how was your Christmas? Just tryin' to start a new tag here.

BR_549 writes:

in response to UTAlum88:

Just saw Auburn granted a release to Michael Dyer. Wonder if there are any restrictions on where he can go? We could certainly use him!

He's going to Ark State with Gus Malzone. PER CLAY TRAVIS!

PHAT_VOL writes:

in response to BR_549:

Apparently YOU didn't watch any of the games last season. He should have caught 100. And more than likely he's kicked off the team before Sept this year because of his attitude.

Why all the Hate?

Vo2Vol writes:

in response to BR_549:

Apparently YOU didn't watch any of the games last season. He should have caught 100. And more than likely he's kicked off the team before Sept this year because of his attitude.

I guess you have the locker next to his and that is how you know this. If he is not kicked off by September, will you come back and say "I was an idiot for my prediction"?

Snapshot writes:

in response to UTAlum88:

Just saw Auburn granted a release to Michael Dyer. Wonder if there are any restrictions on where he can go? We could certainly use him!

He won't be released to any SEC school for sure.

Witch_Doctors writes:

in response to jjsteel:

Soooo..Witch Doctor, how was your Christmas? Just tryin' to start a new tag here.

Lol. Witch Doctor say not cheap ! lol
Bones never lie.

VOLliven2it writes:

I hope Da'Rick gets this worked out well and hope his 'tude stays in check. He did a great job overall last season but yes, there were a number of balls he could have and should have caught. If he gets the demeanor of willingness to work to get better he can become a possible all-American candidate. If he keeps a 'tude about his coach and things, he may not make it that third season. We just don't know. Apologists for his "just being a kid" should remember even kids need to learn how to be respectful of coaches and others. If he doesn't learn that and make it his pursuit, we will see some most unneeded fireworks on Rocky Top and there are some pretty good looking incoming WRs. GO BIG ORANGE!

voloffaith writes:

in response to TrouserCough:

Remember Kentucky! We are better than 22 months ago.

Thanks Doc for another insightful post showing your total understanding of the game and it's interworkings........

Happy healing physically and get ready mentally b4 spring so you can show to be better than 2011.

crimsonviper writes:

in response to Witch_Doctors:

Witch Doctor agree 100% NashPred but really no one of any credibility has been able to confirm any of this. Witch Doctor say these bozos just say anything and everything on the radio and our dumb fans run with it. Witch Doctor say too much drama! Witch Doctor hate to be judged every move back when he was this age.(thank God! lol)
Bones never lie.

Well,zz(bodeane vol) said he had the word Rogers was done at UT...Then he used an old tweet from Rucker as his source. Could it be more ironclad? All we need now is Hooker back here chasing the next coach across America and we would be set.

Witch_Doctors writes:

in response to crimsonviper:

Well,zz(bodeane vol) said he had the word Rogers was done at UT...Then he used an old tweet from Rucker as his source. Could it be more ironclad? All we need now is Hooker back here chasing the next coach across America and we would be set.

Witch Doctor say really this has been kinda funny. Witch Doctor say on the other boards these D cord. guesses and post have been great comedy. Witch Doctor want the knox media to report better so Witch Doctor feel better bashing them for being homers! lol. Witch Doctor working on it..
Bones never lie.

SIMSVOL writes:

in response to BR_549:

Apparently YOU didn't watch any of the games last season. He should have caught 100. And more than likely he's kicked off the team before Sept this year because of his attitude.

Hey BR (which apparently stands for not too BRight) - the only attitude adjustment needed is yours. Find another team loser.

1963VOLS writes:

in response to BlueTickHound4:

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sorry but apparently you did'nt see all the games,he dropped alot of td passes and 3rd downs.

mbible1utk#324980 writes:

thought they were removing it from his butt...

Ironcity writes:

in response to BR_549:

Apparently YOU didn't watch any of the games last season. He should have caught 100. And more than likely he's kicked off the team before Sept this year because of his attitude.

Yep he should have caught 100 passes for 3000 yards kick him off. Your such an idiot.

RoadTrip writes:

He did make some critical drops and did not break up a couple of passes that became interceptions. If the ball was not convenient to him, many times he not attempt to make the catch. The good is that when he gave his all he was incredible. So it tells you that he was immature. If he decides to get it together mentally and physically he will be one of the greats. It's his choice to grow up or not while at UT.

Olcrow writes:

He kept telling Baggett "my finger hurts" all Baggett ever said was "play on your team needs you".I wish Charlie would have listened.Now who was wrong?

TarheelVol writes:

in response to RoadTrip:

He did make some critical drops and did not break up a couple of passes that became interceptions. If the ball was not convenient to him, many times he not attempt to make the catch. The good is that when he gave his all he was incredible. So it tells you that he was immature. If he decides to get it together mentally and physically he will be one of the greats. It's his choice to grow up or not while at UT.

Agreed. With Da'Rick, tight routes, downfield blocking, getting separation
from a defender and playing 100% all the time are big areas for
improvement.

And if he improves, he's a top 5 draft choice whenever he decides to
go pro. He made some incredible catches, including one handed ones,
with 2 DBs hanging off him several times this season. So, you know
what he can do when he wants it. And Da'Rick was not too
shy about going over the middle and taking some punishment.

Hopefully, this is just maturity and not the second coming of Randy Moss.
We don't need this sh*t.

voloffaith writes:

in response to Olcrow:

He kept telling Baggett "my finger hurts" all Baggett ever said was "play on your team needs you".I wish Charlie would have listened.Now who was wrong?

Your proof or just another speculation? Too much fun reading the'FACTS' that nobody has ,but are willing to speculate and call it fact....

He had surgery and will heal. Next subject please.......

Olcrow writes:

in response to voloffaith:

Your proof or just another speculation? Too much fun reading the'FACTS' that nobody has ,but are willing to speculate and call it fact....

He had surgery and will heal. Next subject please.......

just a little humor to break the monotony

dj54 writes:

MUST HAVE BEEN SURGICALLY REMOVED FROM SOMEWHERE

clvolfan writes:

in response to slaw_way:

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Maybe CDD will do a great job of running him thru the re-hab machine,so they can have a more cohesive sideline and locker room.

Harrit writes:

Da Rick proved that he is almost as good as the hype. Its hard for a QB, and WR to play pitch and catch, without a running game. #21 was basically the offense. All conference ain't too shabby. But as we all know, all hell breaks loose when you don't win, just look at the posts on this site. Dooley is a likeable guy, but he must nail this next hire, the defense can't digress, and he needs to sure up some of these hits he's taking in the recruiting war. Dooley's hands are as full. Dad-gum-it! Lets hope that works for you.

Dougb-VFL writes:

Alot of you guys need to get with the program or find a new one! Darick was our best threat on offense and he proved he could step up when Justin Hunter got hurt. We need him next year ,alongside Hunter and either of the 4-star rb we are recruiting our offense will be great!I see we lost Kenneth Crawley so our D is what we need to worry about . Tyler Bray is going to rip it up in 2012! VFL

Harrit writes:

Da'Rick is not the problem on this team. This team has problems, but Da'Rick isn't it. Snapping the shot-gun snap like a gribbler to the mound? Thats a problem! We gotta get that fixed. I loved Teague, but watching him constantly in one on one match ups, and getting burnt like toast? Whats up with the Tampa 2, maybe some zone back there, something. This ain't the old days of bump and run, we got killed deep last year. Thats a problem, we gotta get that fixed. And, our secondary has talent, these guys can play! We gotta get some x's and o's, mix it up, bring the blitz, bring the house, do some zone blitz, and someone teach the DE's containment. Those running backs got around the outside waay too much. I'm not convinced that the team was void of talent last year. We gotta coach'um up! Dooley can't miss with this D-corr hire, and this guy better come in there like Dick Lebeau! Offense, handle the center/qb exchange, get me Hunter back in the fold along with Da Rick, and lets see if this passing game can set up the run.

Olcrow writes:

in response to Harrit:

Da'Rick is not the problem on this team. This team has problems, but Da'Rick isn't it. Snapping the shot-gun snap like a gribbler to the mound? Thats a problem! We gotta get that fixed. I loved Teague, but watching him constantly in one on one match ups, and getting burnt like toast? Whats up with the Tampa 2, maybe some zone back there, something. This ain't the old days of bump and run, we got killed deep last year. Thats a problem, we gotta get that fixed. And, our secondary has talent, these guys can play! We gotta get some x's and o's, mix it up, bring the blitz, bring the house, do some zone blitz, and someone teach the DE's containment. Those running backs got around the outside waay too much. I'm not convinced that the team was void of talent last year. We gotta coach'um up! Dooley can't miss with this D-corr hire, and this guy better come in there like Dick Lebeau! Offense, handle the center/qb exchange, get me Hunter back in the fold along with Da Rick, and lets see if this passing game can set up the run.

throw some kind of kicking game in and you're hired

Dougb-VFL writes:

in response to Harrit:

Da'Rick is not the problem on this team. This team has problems, but Da'Rick isn't it. Snapping the shot-gun snap like a gribbler to the mound? Thats a problem! We gotta get that fixed. I loved Teague, but watching him constantly in one on one match ups, and getting burnt like toast? Whats up with the Tampa 2, maybe some zone back there, something. This ain't the old days of bump and run, we got killed deep last year. Thats a problem, we gotta get that fixed. And, our secondary has talent, these guys can play! We gotta get some x's and o's, mix it up, bring the blitz, bring the house, do some zone blitz, and someone teach the DE's containment. Those running backs got around the outside waay too much. I'm not convinced that the team was void of talent last year. We gotta coach'um up! Dooley can't miss with this D-corr hire, and this guy better come in there like Dick Lebeau! Offense, handle the center/qb exchange, get me Hunter back in the fold along with Da Rick, and lets see if this passing game can set up the run.

You sound like you actually know what is going on ! I agree , we need to be more versatile on defense and yes poor Marsalis Teague struggled on long passes. I hope we get a D-coordinator that will implement a different strategy,teach our athletic D how to contain,and play some zones that enable us to blitz more! VFL

tnsportsman writes:

Get well quick DaRick and Hunter! The two of you along with Bray can make a huge impact on college football this year! Guys, this is your come out year as Juniors to make a difference, PUT YOUR BIG BOY PANTS ON!

GO VOLS ALWAYS!

gwbask writes:

The great thing for the Vols and their fans is the top receiver in the SEC wasn't even the best receiver on our team.

Vol43 writes:

in response to Witch_Doctors:

Witch Doctor agree 100% NashPred but really no one of any credibility has been able to confirm any of this. Witch Doctor say these bozos just say anything and everything on the radio and our dumb fans run with it. Witch Doctor say too much drama! Witch Doctor hate to be judged every move back when he was this age.(thank God! lol)
Bones never lie.

Would love to some day to visit the Witch Doctor in the boro and enjoy a spirited beverage and peace pipe (cigar) to discuss the Tennessee Volunteers. Man, wouldn't we all. You gotta love this man.

kptarmyvol16 writes:

Bad attitude or not he is the most talented player on this team and Dooley did the right thing by not kicking him off the team. Without Da'Rick this offense doesnt go even with Justin Hunter! Da'Rick is the heart of the offense and we are blessed to have him as a vol. I, for one, totally support him and hope he has an exceptional last year with the vols before he goes pro!

OwensboroVol writes:

Maybe a bad finger helped in the drops he made at Kentucky. You can badmouth Tyler Bray all you want, but I was at the game and I seen the difficulty he was having with his thumb. He was having a very hard time getting any velocity on the ball.

Supersayin1 writes:

in response to gwbask:

The great thing for the Vols and their fans is the top receiver in the SEC wasn't even the best receiver on our team.

Holy phooey!! Your so correct, I never even thought about that!! We saw a glimpse of the Monster UT can be during the Cincy game, and that was a team with rust still on them, imagine having them both healthy in mid season form!! Scary!! GO VOLS!!!

Supersayin1 writes:

Phooey?????? I didn't say Phooey LOL!!!! Love the insert for words deemed vulgar and profane!! LOL!!!

MitchelCrass writes:

in response to Witch_Doctors:

Witch Doctor agree 100% NashPred but really no one of any credibility has been able to confirm any of this. Witch Doctor say these bozos just say anything and everything on the radio and our dumb fans run with it. Witch Doctor say too much drama! Witch Doctor hate to be judged every move back when he was this age.(thank God! lol)
Bones never lie.

I agree with the Doctor! I mean come on without Da'Rick we lose to MTSU and Vandy! Who didn't want to cuss at these coaches? I'm glad somebody on the team has enough passion about the game to say something! To kick him off the team WOULD NOT HELP THIS PROGRAM IN THE LEAST!!!!!!!!!!!! The kid is 20 years old!!!!! Dooley is a msartssa and i'm not sure i could put up with him either. He just doesn't seem to show any love to his players, like the time he said Tyler Bray wasn't a doctor and didn't know his thumb was broke, maybe Da'Rick knew his finger was hurt. Maybe he don't like msartssaes, maybe he is one, maybe not but he sure does look like a admn good football player!! I'll take his drops this kid is gonna be great whether it's here or Alabama and if he's kicked off our team he'll go be the next Julio Jones and cream us. THINK ABOUT IT!

FearThisElephant writes:

in response to UTAlum88:

Just saw Auburn granted a release to Michael Dyer. Wonder if there are any restrictions on where he can go? We could certainly use him!

He got on the bus with Gus. They are going to play high school +1 ball at Arky St. together.

And in other news; Prior to the BCS NCG it will become apparent that Nick has another number one class committed. This looks like his best one ever. The process builds. As the keyboard turns...

orange_eVOLution writes:

in response to BIVOLAR_BEAR:

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Morons. Rucker needs to go tweet his little twit junior.

flatrock writes:

in response to brewersup:

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Incredibly stupid.

wildcatbasketball writes:

Just watched a late news telecast and it showed Rogers in a hospital bed with a few nurses and they made a big deal of it? For fingery surgery? WOW...and UT wonders what is wrong with the university??? Finger surgey and your local news airs him in a hospital bed????

wildcatbasketball writes:

Just another note "Minor Finger Surgery"....

VOODOOley-2011 (Inactive) writes:

I'm sure this has been mentioned, but if he hurt his finger at all last time, it should have been kept warm to heal up and it was.. up his hind end.

orangecountyvols writes:

in response to Euro_Vol:

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Euro and Vol fans,

You wouldn't be talking about the 1:30 a.m. troll...........Wildcatbasketball, would you???

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