Monday Afternoon Practice Report

Tennessee won a small battle on Monday afternoon when they got their starting quarterback on the practice field for the first time in two weeks.

Casey Clausen was able to return to practice on Monday and appeared to throw the ball very well. Clausen did have ice on his shoulder following practice. "It hurts, but football is a game where you have to play hurt," Clausen said following practice. "People generally think quarterbacks can't handle pain, but I played with it for six overtimes so I think I can handle it." Clausen said he will have his shoulder reevaluated on Tuesday, but it looked like he would be fine for this weekend. He said if his status came down to playing with pain, that he would be ready for Alabama.

"Alabama week is always really, really special," Coach Fulmer said following practice. I don't know, personally, if there's a more colorful and deeper rooted rivalry in the country than this one." The Vols had a very smooth practice on Monday. The team actually did some live 8-on-8, 9-on-8 drills for the first time in several weeks. "With all the injuries, we have been kind of restrictd, but it was nice to watch the kids get after it a little," Fulmer said.

In addition to having Clausen back, Cedric Houston looked to be closer to 100 percent even though he still has a cast on his left hand. Houston says that the cast does cause him to readjust the ball when he carries, but it should not cause problems carrying the ball on Saturday night.

Alex Walls was hoping to be ready for the Alabama game this weekend. It was mentioned that he did take a few kicks in Neyland Stadium today, but his status will be made certain later on in the week. It seems doubtful that he will miss this game.

The team will keep right on going for the rest of the week. They will practice Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Their walk-through in Neyland Stadium will be on Friday as it always is during home game weeks.

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