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Report: Vols QB Worley out a month with thumb injury

Tennessee Alabama Football AP

At least for this coming Saturday, Joshua Dobbs, this is your football team.  Reportedly.

Jimmy Hyams of WNML radio in Knoxville reported Tuesday after that quarterback Justin Worley will be out for “about four weeks” with torn ligaments in his right (throwing) thumb.  Worley suffered the injury in the 35-point loss to Alabama last Saturday.

The Vols have yet to confirm the extent of the damage to Worley’s thumb and what if any time he’ll miss.

With the starter apparently out until late next month, it appears it will be up to Dobbs to guide UT’s offense for the foreseeable future as Hyams also reported he will get the start against Missouri.  Eventually replacing Worley following the injury, the true freshman completed five-of-12 passes for 75 yards against the No. 1 team in the country.  He also ran the ball three times for 19 yards.

It was the first statistical action of the season for Dobbs, a three-star member of the Vols’ 2013 recruiting class who was rated as the No. 20 pro-style quarterback in the country by

The Worley injury would just add to a quarterback situation that’s been in a relative state of flux the past two months.  Worley exited summer camp as the starter, but was replaced because of ineffective play by Nathan Peterman for the Sept. 21 game against Florida.  Peterman suffered an injury in that game, a hand injury that was projected to keep him out for more than a month at the time.

Because of that injury, Peterman still won’t be healthy enough to play against Mizzou this weekend.

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7 Responses to “Report: Vols QB Worley out a month with thumb injury”
  1. dhardy8207 says: Oct 29, 2013 2:22 PM

    I knew we wouldn’t make it through the week without a “thumb” report on Worley…

    LOL…..Roll Tide!

  2. thekingdave says: Oct 29, 2013 2:40 PM

    More effects felt from that “steel curtain like defense.” Btw, anyone see the Jets/Bengals game Sunday. Dee Milliner is straight up LOCK DOWN. But I would expect nothing less from the greatest collection of defensive talent to ever grace an NCAA field. SEC, the myth.

  3. brutusbuckeye2011 says: Oct 29, 2013 3:13 PM

    Pardon the pun, but playing a 3rd string Freshman QB sounds like a definite thumbs down on Tennessee’s chances of winning.

  4. detectivejimmymcnulty says: Oct 29, 2013 4:24 PM

    SEC, the myth.

    I am, by default I guess, a SEC “fan.” To call what they’ve accomplished a myth is nuts. Now on the flip side, I have no problem saying the SEC is not better than the Pac-12 this year. Being an NFL bust doesn’t mean you weren’t a good player in college. Not to mention, the jump from playing CB in college to playing CB in the NFL might be the most difficult transition in today’s NFL.

  5. minibull says: Oct 29, 2013 4:32 PM

    Wow, Bama fans coming on to mock an injured player… Way to keep it classy elephants…

  6. v2the4 says: Oct 29, 2013 4:43 PM

    this kid Joshua Dobbs is a pretty good player..I remember seeing him on tv a couple of times during his senior season at Alphretta GA, and while he is a pretty good QB, I understand he is a far better student, a 4.0 GPA in high school, and he offers from all the major academic BCS schools (Standford, Vandy, Northwestern, and Duke, along with non BCS Rice and FIVE IVY’s (Harvard, Princeton, Penn, and Darmouth)..

    Worley is gone for the regular season, and the Vols are sitting at 4-4 with games left against ranked Mizzou, #10 Auburn at home, Vandy at home, then at Kentucky…..if they can upset either Mizzou or Auburn, then they only have to win one of their rivalry games for bowl eligibility……its gonna be tough.

  7. normtide says: Oct 29, 2013 6:05 PM

    Dobbs showed some flashes of talent, and he handled the moment with poise. I hate to see any young man get hurt. But if you already burned the redshirt, might as well let him play the season out. Dobbs has a future.

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