Arian may not play

Incredible as it sounds, Tennessee tackle Justin Harrell will start Saturday against Florida ... but tailback Arian Foster may not. Despite suffering a ruptured bicep last Saturday against Air Force, Harrell is determined to suit up this weekend.

Head coach Phillip Fulmer suggested following Thursday's practice that any guy willing to play with a ruptured bicep deserves to start.

"A guy that does that ... I'm not going to put him on the bench," Fulmer said.

Justin Harrell, a 6-4, 300-pound senior from Martin, also will serve as a game captain and attend the pre-game coin toss.

Asked if Harrell's mobility will be affected by his injury, Fulmer replied: "His mobility's not. Mobility's with his feet. His strength in his arm may be a bit limited but he'll do all right, I'm sure."

Harrell's injured bicep will be heavily padded and taped. How much discomfort he'll have to endure and how long he'll be able to endure it is anyone's guess.

"I think he'll play as much as he possibly can," Fulmer said. "He's a little bit sore from yesterday's practice but that was expected. I bet he'll play quite a bit, but I don't know that."

Team doctors have assured Fulmer that Harrell will not risk aggravating his injury by playing. Still, the coach plans to be cautious.

"We're not going to keep him out there if there's a (safety) issue," Fulmer noted.

This weekend is a one-shot deal for Harrell. He must have surgery next week or the injured bicep will begin to atrophy, putting him at risk of compounding his problems.

Not all of the injury news is good, though. Foster remains questionable for the Florida game because of the ankle injury he suffered in the first half of last week's game against Air Force. His availability for this weekend will be determined Saturday.

"We'll have to see," Fulmer said. "It's going to be one of those game-time (decisions), and that's the truth. He did a little bit more today than he did yesterday - ran some plays and stuff - but that's a bad position to have an ankle injury.

"Any position's hard but to be a running back, and you can't get away from those fast (defensive) guys, that's not a good position to be in."

If Foster can't play, Fulmer said backups Montario Hardesty and LaMarcus Coker "will do fine. And (David) Yancey can give us some plays along the way."

Cornerback Inquoris Johnson, who is lost for the season after suffering blood vessel and nerve damage last Saturday, will attend Saturday's game but will not be permitted on the sidelines.

"He'll be in the press box probably," Fulmer said. "He's not allowed to be anywhere he might get hit."


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