Coming into what could be a make or break season for Derek Dooley, the Tennessee head coach has watched as his defense has taken a rather significant hit to its linebacking depth heading into the final couple of weeks of spring practice.
Confirming message board reports that began to surface Tuesday afternoon, the Vols announced Wednesday that linebacker Christian Harris has been diagnosed with a torn ACL. Harris suffered the injury during practice Monday.
While the Vols have yet to officially rule Harris out for all of 2012, the typical recovery time for such an injury is at least six months following surgery. An exact date for when surgery will be performed has yet to be determined.
Even as Harris is not projected as a starter, the injury comes at a position that’s at the shallow end of the personnel pool. Harris, a three-star member of UT’s 2011 recruiting class, took a redshirt as a true freshman in 2011 but was projected to be a contributor in 2012.