KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- Three weeks before the start of fall camp, the Tennessee football team suffered a setback.
Freshman wide receiver Alton "Pig" Howard had surgery on his left foot on Friday.
Howard wrote on his Twitter account: "S/o to #VFL fans thanks for the support, I'll be back running around in 5 to 6 weeks, no worries..."
In a text to WVLT, UT spokesperson Jimmy Stanton wrote that Howard "should return early in the season."
Howard, a four-star prospect coming out of high school, was one of the more highly recruited players in Tennessee's 2012 signing class.
The wide receiving corp is considered to be one of the Vols' deepest units on the team. Da'Rick Rogers was an All-SEC performer in 2011 and Justin Hunter was on his way to a huge year before tearing his ACL in the Florida game.
The Vols also brought in junior college star Cordarrelle Patterson.
Tennessee kicks off fall camp August 3.