Only one player from Tennessee football currently signed to a team was on a bye this weekend, and some of the most recognizable players who have been hurt throughout the year were fully healthy and playing. However, there were no standout former Vols from a statistical perspective over the weekend, which was a bit shocking.
The two best players for UT both play positions whose success can’t be fully measured in numbers. One of them, though, was clearly a star and is among Vol fans’ favorite players in the NFL. Both of this week’s stars played a role in helping their respective team’s win, though.
Beyond the stars, 15 other players saw action this past weekend. We’ll break them down by those who played significantly and those who saw limited action. Then we’ll close with those who didn’t play. Let’s start, though, with new developments related to former Vols in the pros and reminding you of Tennessee football players who are hurt.
A fan favorite of the Tennessee football on the offensive line was the star performer among the Volunteers in the pros this past weekend.
Pittsburgh Steelers sign Josh Malone to practice squad
Joshua Dobbs’ go-to receiver with Tennessee football in 2016, Josh Malone hasn’t played since 2020. He spent his first two years in the pros with the Cincinnati Bengals and his final two with the New York Jets, totaling 11 catches for 91 yards and a touchdown. Because he was on the practice squad, he didn’t play in the Pittsburgh Steelers’ 20-10 win over the New Orleans Saints.
Former Vols who were injured
Derek Barnett – DE -Philadelphia Eagles
A torn ACL in the opener ended Derek Barnett’s season.
Emmanuel Moseley – DB – San Francisco 49ers
Just like Derek Barnett, Emmanuel Moseley is out with a torn ACL he suffered against the Carolina Panthers.
Ja’Wuan James – OL – Baltimore Ravens
In this year’s opener, Ja’Wuan James suffered a torn achilles. That has resulted in his second straight season-ending injury.