Head coach Butch Jones of the Tennessee Volunteers looks on during the game against the Alabama Crimson Tide at Neyland Stadium on October 25, 2014 in Knoxville, Tennessee. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
Photo: Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images
Photo: Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

Tennessee’s Josh Smith expected to miss opener against Georgia Tech

Tennessee fifth-year wide receiver Josh Smith is expected to miss the start of the football season after injuring his collarbone, the Associated Press reported on Monday.

Tennessee coach Butch Jones said there is no timetable on Smith's return, but Smith will most likely miss at least Tennessee's season opener against Georgia Tech on Sept. 4 at Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

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Smith had groin surgery during the offseason and missed one game in 2016 due to an ankle injury. In six starts last season, Smith accounted for 97 yards and one touchdown.

The Yellow Jackets also are down one key offensive player after the dismissal of B-back Dedrick Mills was announced on Friday afternoon. Mills broke an athletic department rule that mandated his dismissal.

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Jones responded to Mills’ dismissal on Friday saying he thought the sophomore’s absence wouldn’t affect the Yellow Jackets at all.

“I believe they were 3-0 without him last year,” Jones said, according to SEC Country.

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