Tennessee has an open date next weekend, then hosts Florida Sept. 21. There is considerable speculation throughout Big Orange Country that Washington won't be available for that game, either. UT officials suggest otherwise, saying he will be evaluated on a week-to-week basis.
An All-America candidate, the 6-foot-4, 225-pound Washington caught 64 passes for 1,010 yards last season, leading UT in both categories. He recently was tabbed the No. 1 impact player in all of college football by Bruce Feldman of ESPNMAG.com.
Also listed ''out'' for the Vol-MTSU game is guard Chavis Smith, who has injuries to both his knee and ankle.
Freshman wideout Jonathan Wade, who sat out Game 1 due to a sore shoulder, is listed ''probable'' for Game 2.
As expected, UT is listing linebacker Kevin Burnett ''out for the season'' due to a knee injury sustained in the Wyoming game. He is the second Vol defender to be lost for the season. End Constantin Ritzman was sidelined by a torn ACL about a week before the opener.