The last thing Tennessee’s offense needed is to play without its top receiver, but Jauan Jennings is expected to miss most of the season, perhaps up to 12 weeks, due to a dislocated wrist, as reported by Volquest.com and other outlets.
Jennings is expected to undergo surgery for the injury, which is believed to stem from a second-quarter play in Monday’s overtime victory against Georgia Tech.
Although sophomore Marquez Callaway emerged against Georgia Tech, catching four passes for 115 yards, Jennings may be among the most difficult Vols to replace. He also removes the only truly tested receiver available for quarterback Quinten Dormady.
Jennings caught 40 passes for 580 yards and seven touchdowns last season.
Sophomore Brandon Johnson will likely see a sharp increase in playing time while Jennings is out. True freshman Josh Palmer also caught a pass against Georgia Tech Monday.
If Jennings is indeed forced to miss 12 weeks, he likely won’t appear again until the traditional regular-season finale against rival Vanderbilt.
Tennessee also already is without senior wide receiver Josh Smith for the first few weeks of the season because of injury.
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