Five weeks ago today, Chance Hall suffered a knee injury on the Vols’ practice field.
Five weeks ago Wednesday, the sophomore offensive lineman underwent arthroscopic surgery to repair a meniscus injury.
Finally, on Monday, Hall returned to the practice field. His status this week is unclear as the No. 12/14 Vols (3-0) prepare to host arch-rival No. 16/19 Florida (3-0, 1-0) Saturday inside Neyland Stadium. Kick is 3:30 p.m. (CBS).
“He looked pretty good,” veteran UT defensive tackle Kendal Vickers said of Hall. “I know he’s been in the training room working, rehabbing, getting his body right. So he looked good, we’ll just see how he progresses throughout the week and see what he’s able to do.”
Added sophomore tackle Kahlil McKenzie, “Chance, you know, he’s working hard, getting out there. Seeing him back out there, it’s cool and seeing him do some things, that type of stuff. It’s good.”
Hall was a projected started for the Vols at right tackle when he went down midway through preseason camp, and Tennessee offensive line has not appeared to regain the form it closed with last season despite losing only one starter, Kyler Kerbyson.
Quarterback Joshua Dobbs welcomed back his 6-foot-4, 318-pound edge protector.
“It was good to have him back,” Dobbs said. “He’s a big part of that O-line room. He did a lot for us last year, and I know it was great to have him back on the field, and the O-line feels the same way, as well.
“He’ll be a great addition, and he’ll continue working. He’s been working his butt off to get back with rehab, and I know he’s glad to be back out on the field.”
Tennessee coach Butch Jones indicated he would further update Hall’s status Wednesday during his final public comments to media prior to Saturday’s clash