UPDATED: Worley has surgery, Dobbs will start at Missouri


KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- Tennessee head coach Butch Jones confirmed Tuesday after practice that Justin Worley had surgery to repair ligaments in his throwing hand.

Citing sources, WVLT first reported the news Tuesday afternoon.

When asked how long Worley will be out, Jones said there is no timetable, that it could be two weeks, three weeks, or longer.

Sources told WVLT that Worley will miss the rest of the regular season.

Worley re-injured his right hand in the first half of Saturday's 45-10 loss to Alabama.

The junior originally hurt the hand Oct. 19 during Tennessee's upset win over South Carolina.

Jones also announced that freshman Joshua Dobbs will start Saturday's game at Missouri.

Dobbs made his collegiate debut in the second half against Alabama.

Fellow freshman Riley Ferguson is listed as the team's number two quarterback.

Redshirt freshman Nathan Peterman is practicing, but he's still not one hundred percent as he works his way back from a hand injury.


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