KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) _ Tennessee linebacker Eric Westmoreland needs knee surgery and won't play the last two games of the regular season, coach Phillip Fulmer said Thursday.

Westmoreland, a junior, twisted his right knee in practice on Tuesday. He'll undergo surgery next week.

``Eric has torn cartilage in his knee and will be out two to three weeks,'' Fulmer told The Knoxville News-Sentinel.

The linebacker, fifth on the team with 51 tackles, could return in time to play in a December bowl game.

Junior Anthony Sessions will start in Westmoreland's place.

No. 7 Tennessee (7-2, 4-2 Southeastern Conference) plays at Kentucky on Saturday. The final regular-season game is Nov. 27 at home against Vanderbilt.