Da'Rick Rogers absent from Vols practice

The drama-filled Da'Rick Rogers saga is continuing at Tennessee.

After finding himself in coach Derek Dooley's doghouse at the end of last season, Rogers made headlines again in Knoxville by missing Tennessee's practice Thursday.

Dooley met with the media after practice and addressed Rogers' absence, saying that the rising junior wide receiver wasn't suspended.

"He's got some things he's got to do internally," Dooley told reporters. "When he does them, he'll be back. It's kind of an internal team issue, and it's something he's just got to finish doing some stuff. When he does he'll be back.

"I wouldn't call it anything other than he's got to do some things. When he does, he'll come back, and when he doesn't, he's not going to be here."

Dooley was asked about reports that Rogers had missed multiple offseason workouts while he was suspended for conduct detrimental to the team, but declined to confirm whether they were true.

According to the Knoxville News Sentinel, there is a report on Panthersville.com that says Rogers could be interested in transferring to FCS school Georgia State, where he'd be allowed to play immediately this fall.

When asked about Rogers potentially leaving the team, Dooley said he was unaware of that being a possibility.

"I don't have any knowledge of him wanting to leave," Dooley said. "He's never told me that or indicated that to me or anybody else."