Smith: Wilson day-to-day after "hit to the head"


 

FAYETTEVILLE — Arkansas quarterback Tyler Wilson suffered what coach John L. Smith described as a "hit to the head" against Louisana-Monroe last night and is "day-to-day" as the Razorbacks move into preparation for No. 1 Alabama.

Smith, in a news release Sunday, said Wilson remained in Little Rock last night for observation but added his "prognosis is good." Wilson, who completed 11 of 20 passes for 196 yards with 2 touchdowns and an interception, left the game late in the first half with Arkansas leading 21-7.

Backup Brandon Allen led the Hogs on a touchdown drive to open the third quarter to extend the lead to 28-7, but the Arkansas offense crumbled the rest of the night en route to a 34-31 overtime loss.

It's the second straight season Wilson has suffered a head injury during a nonconference game in Little Rock. He left late in the first half against New Mexico last September with what was described as "concussion-like symptoms." Wilson returned the next week to play in Arkansas' next game against Troy.

Smith also provided updates on other injured players Sunday:

• CB Tevin Mitchel, who was hurt in a helmet-to-helmet collision with a teammate, remained in LIttle Rock Saturday and "will probably stay again tonight." Smith added: "The testing that has been done on Tevin came back favorable for him to recover. He will continue to be monitored and will be doubtful for Saturday."

• FB Kody Walker, who started in place of injured senior Kiero Small, is "likely out for the season" with a lower leg injury. Walker was hurt shortly after Mitchel and had an inflatable cast put on his left leg. He was carted off the field.

• CB Kaelon Kelleybrew suffered a "bruised arm" and is probable for Saturday's game, according to Smith. Kelleybrew was hurt early in the game, came back to the field, then was hurt again. He earned the first start of his Arkansas career in the loss.

— Robbie Neiswanger • Arkansas News Bureau