Tennessee sophomore linebacker Curt Maggitt may be done for the season if the knee injury he suffered Saturday in a four-overtime 51-48 loss to Missouri is as serious as it appeared.
Maggitt had to be helped from the field and left on crutches, favoring his right knee.
Replays showed his leg bending awkwardly. Coach Derek Dooley didn't talk about the injury on his weekly television show Sunday, but could address it today. On Twitter, Maggitt retweeted sympathetic messages from fans but did not elaborate on the extent of his injury.
If Maggitt can't return, senior Willie Bohannon would be the top candidate for more snaps.
* Freshman safety LaDarrell McNeil also missed some of the second half due to an undisclosed injury. Dooley is expected to update his status today.
* Although Tennessee statistically dominated the first half against Missouri, the Vols missed opportunities to build an even bigger lead, Dooley said Sunday.
Tennessee lost three points on a missed field goal and Marlin Lane fumbled near the end zone, costing the Vols a potential touchdown.
"You can't make these mistakes," Dooley said. "We have times we can pull away and pour it on, and we don't do it."
Mizzou managed only 64 yards in the first half. The Tigers' only touchdown came on an 87-yard kickoff return by Jimmie Hunt.
"We've been so good on our coverage units," Dooley said. "They had a real special return guy (Marcus Murphy) and we kick it to the guy who's not the special one, and it's just bad coverage."
Instead of a potential 31-0 lead, the Vols led 21-7 at the half.
"Those things come back to haunt you, and it did in this game," Dooley said.
** On his TV show, Dooley said the Vols could still make a bowl game if they win out, but he candidly referred to it as a "bottom-tier goal."
The Vols would likely be sent to the Music City Bowl in Nashville, the Liberty Bowl in Memphis or the BBVA Compass Bowl in Birmingham, Ala., if they go 6-6.
"We're down, but we're not out," Dooley said. "We can't (go to a bowl) if we don't dust ourselves off and go play next week."
** Tennessee was flagged 11 times for 80 yards Saturday, the second week in a row that the Vols were hurt by excessive penalties.
The Vols were flagged 10 times for 98 yards in the win against Troy.
Evan Woodbery covers Tennessee football. Follow him at www.Twitter.com/TennesseeBeat.