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Vols' Ainge tears meniscus, will undergo surgery

Results from an MRI on Wednesday have revealed that Tennessee quarterback Erik Ainge will likely have surgery later this month for a torn meniscus.

The Tennessean reported that the star signal-caller believes he injured the knee weight lifting, and has been plagued by swelling for the past week.

There are two types of surgical procedures regarding meniscus damage, and it remains unclear which of them Ainge will need. If the meniscus (cartilage) needs removal he could be back by the end of May or the beginning of June. But if doctors have to repair the torn tissue, he could miss a portion of the Vols' season. Former UT star receiver Robert Meachum missed his entire freshman season after having his meniscus repaired in 2003.

Ainge, who was held out of practice Thursday, set the school's single-season record for completion percentage last season at 67 percent, going 233-of-348 with nine interceptions for 2,989 yards and 19 touchdowns.

Sophomore Jonathan Crompton and redshirt freshman Nick Stephens have been receiving the second and third-team quarterback reps behind Ainge this spring. Crompton filled in for Ainge last season in two games when Ainge sprained an ankle.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.