Burnett to practice Wednesday

Unless <!--Default NodeId For Kevin Burnett is 670325,2003--><A HREF=[PlayerNode:670325]>Kevin Burnett</A> can get some practice work soon, Tennessee's best linebacker may not be ready to play in the Vols' Aug. 30 opener against <!--Default NodeId For Fresno State is 642,2003--><A HREF=http://fresnostate.TheInsiders.com>Fresno State</A>.

Burnett, who tore an ACL four plays into last season's opener, missed all of spring practice but was expected to be full speed this preseason. After participating in some light drill work the first week of practice, however, Burnett has been strictly an observer the past week.

Burnett said following Monday's morning practice, however, that he'll be back on the field practicing this Wednesday.

Asked the nature of his injury, Burnett called it ''a list of things'' but said he was not practicing ''on doctor's orders.''

Fulmer, however, described the injury as ''a sore tendon.''

''It's obviously kind of stressful because you're back at the same place (inactive),'' he said. ''You've been working so hard to get back out there but it happens. It's part of the game and you have to deal with it as it comes.''

With Burnett, cornerback Jabari Greer and tackles Justin Harrell and J.T. Mapu sidelined by injuries, Tennessee's defense was burned several times by the offense in Saturday's scrimmage. Burnett figures there's a silver lining, though.

''I think it was a good thing for the offense,'' he said. ''Most of these guys played last year, and they're getting it going on us pretty good. But we'll see what happens (in situational scrimmages) Tuesday night and Thursday. We'll see what kind of defense we have when we get some of these (injured) people back. They're going to let us cut loose a little bit more (in terms of blitzes, coverages, etc.), so we'll see what kind of team we have then.''

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