KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee redshirt senior Josh Smith suffered a collarbone injury in Sunday’s practice when he jumped to make a catch and came down awkwardly on his shoulder.
A source with knowledge of Smith’s injury said the 6-foot-1, 206-pounder from the Christian Academy of Knoxville will undergo more tests on Monday.
Smith was competing for a starting position at the slot receiver position.
Freshman Jacquez Jones, who was also competing at the slot receiver position, was lost to a knee injury last week.
Sophomore Tyler Byrd now becomes the favorite to start at the position, though offensive coordinator Larry Scott has said he might use other personnel there, such as a running back or a tight end.
Freshman Josh Palmer has always impressed, to the extent coaches have said he will play this season and now could compete to start.
Smith missed spring drills after undergoing hernia surgery in the offseason, the latest in a series of injuries that plagued the talented receiver’s career at Tennessee. He had 13 catches for 97 yards and a touchdown last season.
Vols coach Butch Jones is scheduled to meet with the media on Monday and will provide an update on Smith’s injury.