Hall's Role for UT Game Up in the Air

Will DJ Hall Return?

That's actually two questions in one.

The first question is whether DJ Hall, who injured his back in the second quarter of Saturday's game against Ole Miss when his back was the first thing to touch the turf, will be able to participate at all in Saturday's game against Tennessee.

The second question is about whether or not he'll be used to return kickoffs and punts, even if he is healthy enough to play at the wide receiver position.

After saying he felt "pretty good" after Tuesday's practice, Hall said, "It's tightening up on me. I can run, that's not a problem. It's just a little contact that bothers it."

Hall did a lot of running at practice but was not cleared for full contact. At worst he is likely to dress for Saturday's game and test his capabilities in pre-game warm-ups.

Hall predicts he will be ready.

"I'll play," he said. "If I ain't at least 90 percent I won't even get out there. But I'll play, definitely. I think I should be productive."

Hall went to the locker room for x-rays Saturday that were negative. He tried to return in the second half but was ineffective. He did not play in the two-minute game-winning drive.

Hall was also among several players catching simulated punts after practice ended. Others who fielded balls as special teams coordinator Dave Ungerer looked on were Brandon Brooks, Matt Caddell, Anthony Madison and Simeon Castille.

Castille was the only player seen with a drop as darkness approached.


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