Tennessee receiver and starting return man Devrin Young could be sidelined after injuring his wrist during practice on Tuesday, a person close to the team told the News Sentinel.
The source, who did not want to be identified because the team has not announced the injury, said Young would undergo further tests on Wednesday to determine the severity of the injury and how much time he might miss.
Several reports on Twitter and Tennessee message boards said Young was in class today wearing a cast on his hand.
If Young is unable to play on Saturday against Western Kentucky, Alton “Pig” Howard and Johnathon Johnson would likely get the bulk of the snaps at slot receiver. On returns, Young’s absence would be felt even more.
Howard is listed on the depth chart as the second option for both punts and kickoffs. Receiver Jacob Carter could also be an option on punt returns, while receiver Marquez North could help out on kickoffs.
Young returned Austin Peay’s only kickoff of the game 58 yards on Saturday.
Update (11:58 a.m.): Butch Jones was asked about Young's injury on the weekly SEC teleconference, but did not offer details.
"We'll know more later in the week," Jones said. "He's at the doctor's office right now."
Evan Woodbery covers Tennessee football. Follow him on Twitter.