KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee receiver Jauan Jennings is back working with the team, but the senior has not yet been reinstated.
Coach Jeremy Pruitt said Thursday that Jennings had arthroscopic knee surgery and continues to make progress in working his way back to getting added back on to the roster.
Jennings was dismissed from the program by former athletic director John Currie after a profanity-laced social media rant last November.
The star receiver missed most all of last season after suffering a broken wrist in the Vols’ season-opening win against Georgia Tech.
Pruitt indicated Jennings’ return to the team has been going well.
“He’s just rehabbing his knee, had a scope done, and he’s doing everything we’re asking him to do and being a good teammate,” Pruitt said. “Reinstatement? We’re going day by day. Right now it (reinstatement) is irrelevant because of the injury he has, and he’s getting his treatment. But he’s doing what we’re asking him to do.”
Pruitt said Jennings is “part of the team,” but there’s more work for him to do before he gets back on the football field.
“We’re giving him an opportunity to do what he needs to do to have success in the future,” Pruitt said. “He has a list of things that he’s got to do, and he knows what they are, and he’s in the process of doing them.
“It’s’s kind of hard not to do them if you’re not a part of the team.”