Tuesday Practice Report

Tennessee continued to prepare for the Auburn Tigers on Tuesday afternoon at Haslam Field. Saturday's game is expected to be a rock 'em sock 'em grudge match fought mainly on the ground. According to Tennessee head coach Phillip Fulmer, this weekend's game is going to showcase both teams toughness.

"It's always a tough game, a physical game and this year won't be any exception from that standpoint," Fulmer said. "My experiences with the game is that it's always been a wonderful, clean, hard-fought, tough football game."

Although some Vols are battling a few nicks and bruises, the team is approaching the Auburn game the same way they have handled their first four opponents.

"The kids were very business-like and we were looking at some new things, which always kind of slows practices down a little bit, but I thought it was fine," said Fulmer. "There's a few guys we're having to watch for bumps and bruises, but we should be nearly at 100 percent when we get to Auburn."

Two players fighting back from injuries to keep an eye on are Justin Harrell and Gerald Riggs. Harrell is coming back from a pre-season foot injury. Riggs looks to return from a sprained ankle.

Fulmer is a bit more optimistic about Riggs seeing some game action than Harrell this week.

"Gerald looks like he's ready to go," Fulmer said.

On the other hand, Fulmer isn't completely sure about Harrell's status.

"He got some more work in today, some live-action work," Fulmer said. "I can't say he'll definitely play this weekend. He's questionable."

Chuck Prugh went missing in action for another day, too. Prugh remains hospitalized with what is believed to be a viral infection. His condition hasn't changed much either.

"No update, it's not any worse, and from what I understand, he has not made that much improvement, either," said Fulmer. "We've got him stable, at least. I hope everybody will keep him and his family in their prayers. It's a serious situation."

The Vols practice again on Wednesday afternoon. An updated injury report will be available on Thursday.


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