Tennessee's Bray could be out four weeks

Tennessee's season could be spiraling out of control.

According to a tweet from Tony Barnhart of CBSSports.com, quarterback Tyler Bray could be shelved for a minimum of four weeks after injuring his thumb in the 20-12 loss to Georgia on Saturday night in Knoxville.

The sophomore signal-caller's throwing hand connected with the helmet of a Georgia defender late in the fourth quarter of the loss, and he was unable to continue under center after testing it with one snap in the contest at Neyland Stadium.

Former starter Matt Simms did complete a pair of fourth-down passes and delivered the Vols' only touchdown with a short sneak in relief, but the Vols will certainly miss Bray, who was establishing himself as one the best young quarterbacks in the nation.

The next three games for the Vols (3-2, 0-2 SEC) could put Derek Dooley's squad in a big hole in the SEC East. Tennessee plays LSU, at Alabama and South Carolina over the next three weeks.

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