Volunteers coach Rick Barnes announced the severity of Punter's injury Monday and described his status as day-to-day. Barnes said he doesn't expect Punter to play Wednesday at South Carolina (22-5, 9-5 SEC) but added that "I've been fooled before."
"I hurt for him, and we all do because, first of all, he's just a great person," Barnes said. "He works hard. He's a great teammate. He's been a joy to be around. You hope that he's going to have a way to maybe get back and work through it.
"For him, it's tough on him because he's a competitor. He loves the game, and he's done everything a coaching staff could ask him to do. To see him in this situation this time of year, we all feel for him."
Punter sat on the bench wearing a walking boot on his right foot throughout Tennessee's 81-65 victory over LSU on Saturday. Barnes said Punter was wearing the walking boot in the gym Monday morning and had indicated his foot was feeling a little bit better.
The 6-foot-2 senior averages 22.2 points per game for Tennessee (13-14, 6-8) and ranks 11th among Division I players in scoring.
Barnes said Punter indicated his foot started hurting intermittently the past couple of weeks and that it felt worse Thursday when Tennessee warmed up before an 80-70 loss at Kentucky.
"Looking back, I did not think he'd been himself for the last three or four games," Barnes said.