Posted by Tom Fornelli
Well here's some goodish news for Tennessee and a member of its defense. Defensive end Ben Martin had surgery to repair his right Achilles tendon on Wednesday, and the surgery was a success. Which means that Martin has a long, painful rehabilitation in front of him, but he should be able to play in 2011.
In fact, the doctors believe that Martin will be available for the start of the season.
Martin missed the entire 2010 season after injuring his achilles in August on the second day of fall practice. Martin had played in 33 games his first three seasons in Knoxville, including 11 starts, and made 63 tackles with 4.5 sacks, 6.5 tackles for loss and 3 forced fumbles. Having Martin back healthy in 2011 would be a boost to a Vols defense that has lost both of its starting safeties in the last few weeks.
Brent Brewer was suspended after being arrested in a domestic dispute, and Janzen Jackson left the school on his own to deal with some personal problems. It's possible that both could be back for the start of next season, but there are no guarantees.