A little more than four weeks after it began, Dillon Bates' freshman season is abruptly finished.
At Monday's press luncheon, Tennessee head coach Butch Jones announced that the 6-foot-3, 222-pound linebacker had suffered a torn labrum in his shoulder and will not return to the field in 2014.
"He will undergo surgery, and he will miss the rest of the season," Jones said. "We will apply for a redshirt, which should go through. Then we will have him back for spring football."
While Bates had been mainly used as a special teams contributor — he's made just six tackles ...