Fellows faces surgery

Today's Tennessee football injury report is two-thirds good news and one-third bad news. The bad news: Cornerback Roshaun Fellows, a part-time starter the past two years, will likely miss the 2006 season.

Fellows plans to have surgery on a pulled pectoral muscle that has been bothering him since last spring, according to The Tennessean. Fellows, a 6-0, 185-pound junior from Warren, Ark., already used his redshirt year in 2003, so he'll lose a season of eligibility while sitting out '06. He will be a fifth-year senior in 2007.

Fellows started 12 games in 2004 and 2005 before losing his first-team berth to Jonathan Wade midway through last season. He was projected to be the No. 1 backup at corner this fall. That job now falls to either junior Antonio Gaines or sophomore Demetrice Morley.

Gaines is a 5-9, 185-pounder from Covington who played in six games last fall, recording one tackle. Morley, already the No. 1 backup at both safety spots, is a 6-2, 195-pounder from Miami who registered 15 tackles, three pass breakups and an interception last season.

On a positive note, defensive end Xavier Mitchell is practicing full-speed this week after some injury problems and tailback Montario Hardesty was back in pads Thursday after being sidelined eight days by swelling in his surgically repaired knee.

Mitchell, a 6-2, 252-pound junior from Long Beach, Miss., recorded 11 tackles, 1.5 sacks, 6 quarterback hurries and a pass breakup last fall. He is competing to fill one of the starting jobs vacated by the departure of 2005 starters Parys Haralson and Jason Hall.

Hardesty, a 6-0, 205-pound redshirt freshman from New Bern, N.C., did not play last fall due to a torn ACL. He missed spring practice while recuperating, then sat out last Saturday's scrimmage due to some swelling. Unless the swelling returns, he is expected to participate in this Saturday night's scrimmage.

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