Washington OK after surgery

University of Tennessee football star Kelley Washington is doing well following surgery Tuesday in Dallas. In fact, team physician Dr. Val Gene Iven is quoted in a UT news release saying that Dr. Drew Dossett, who performed the surgery, ''expects Kelley to have a productive NFL career.''

Although the University has never acknowledged the nature of the surgery, published reports say Washington was to have two verterbrae fused to relieve a bulging disc. The injury, sustained in the fourth quarter of Tennessee's Oct. 12 loss at Georgia, might've been career-threatening if not handled properly.

''Surgery went as expected,'' Dr. Iven said. ''Kelley is doing well in recovery.''

Washington, a preseason All-America wide receiver, played just four games prior to the injury, catching 23 passes for 443 yards. He caught 64 passes for 1,010 yards as a freshman in 2001.

Washington, who is expected to be released later this week, offered thanks to his family, UT fans, friends, coaches and teammates for their thoughts and prayers during this difficult ordeal.

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