Ainge has jammed pinky

Tennessee head coach Phillip Fulmer said Tuesday that a slight finger injury on Erik Ainge's throwing hand would limit the Vols senior at practice over the next couple of days. Fulmer said Ainge suffered the mishap during Monday's workout.

"Erik was taking a snap from center and jammed his little finger," Fulmer said during his Tuesday press conference. "We're going to give him a couple days off because it is pretty darn sore for him. Hopefully, it will be fine for the game. If not, Jonathan Crompton will be ready to go and we'll go from there."

UT moved its Tuesday practice into the Neyland-Thompson Sports Center, preparing further for Saturday's season opener at California. The Golden Bears' Memorial Stadium has a similar playing surface to Tennessee's indoor practice field.

Tennessee practices again Wednesday and Thursday before departing Thursday afternoon for the West Coast. The Vols and Bears meet Saturday at Berkeley in a 5:13 p.m. kickoff, with the Vol Radio Network and ABC Sports providing the coverage.


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