published Tuesday, November 8th, 2011

Vols QB Tyler Bray now has brace on broken thumb

KNOXVILLE - Tennessee quarterback Tyler Bray left the practice field when the Volunteers concluded Tuesday morning's practice with a brace on his right wrist and broken thumb.

The sophomore had his hard cast removed Monday, and he will not play in UT's game at No. 8 Arkansas on Saturday.

"He doesn’t have his range of motion, and it’s about what we thought it would be," Vols coach Derek Dooley said. "He’s right on track, sore and he’s got to get his range of motion back, get his strength back, that’s what he’s working on. Lot of rehab.

"I think he can do whatever he’s capable of doing. Right now, he’s not capable of doing much. I don’t think that’s as much the issue as just getting him out there where we could put him at risk. That’s the biggest concern."

Bray's status for the Vols' home game against Vanderbilt on Nov. 19 is uncertain.

STATUS UPDATES

Linebacker Austin Johnson and tight end Mychal Rivera were in green non-contact jerseys on Tuesday morning.

Johnson had a sleeve on his lower left leg and a large brace on his right arm. The senior said he's just a little banged up and hurt his elbow against Middle Tennessee State last week.

Rivera is day to day with a foot injury, Dooley said on Monday.

More coverage in Wednesday's Times Free Press. Follow Vols beat writer Patrick Brown on Twitter for more continuous updates throughout the day.

about Patrick Brown...

Patrick Brown has been the University of Tennessee beat writer since January 2011. A native of Memphis, Brown graduated from UT in May of 2010 with a bachelor’s degree in Journalism/Electronic Media and worked at the Knoxville News Sentinel for two years on the sports editorial staff and as a freelance contributor. If it’s the NBA, the NFL or SEC football and basketball, he’s probably reading about it or watching it on TV. Contact him ...

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