It doesn’t appear that a significant knee injury that A.J. Branisel suffered last season will have an impact on his availability to start this coming season.
In a tweet posted to his Twitter account earlier this week, Branisel confirmed that he has been cleared by the Tennessee medical staff to resume his playing career. Last November, the tight end suffered a torn ACL during practice.
The player also confirmed that he underwent a pair of surgeries to repair the damage.
“Can’t wait to put the pads back on!!” the player wrote Thursday.
As a true freshman last season, Branisel played in the Vols’ first 10 games before suffering the injury and missing the final two games. In those 10 games, he caught three passes for 28 yards and a touchdown.
A three-star member of UT’s 2013 recruiting class, Branisel was rated as the No. 29 tight end in the country coming out of high school in Ohio.
(Tip O’ the Cap: Knoxville News Sentinel)