Secondary Fighting Off Injuries In Fall Camp

FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM) - Fall camp is where players and coaches can find out where they are heading into a new season but it's also the time in which injuries can happen. The same injuries that the Arkansas secondary hasn't been able to avoid through the first two and a half week.

The Razorbacks went through their second and final scrimmage of the preseason on Saturday and appeared to avoid any additional injuries but the Hogs' secondary had already seen D.J. Dean, Britto Tutt and Jared Collins hit with an injury earlier in the week. Collins suffered a broken hand after hitting the turf but his head coach said that's nothing to be concerned with.

"He's got a broken hand. He's fine. He's not injured," Arkansas coach Bret Bielema said.

Dean was thought miss up to a month of practice with a pulled hamstring but now it appears the senior corner could be back on the field much sooner than expected.

"D.J. was back. He actually practiced on the field yesterday morning," Bielma said. He was out there running. He was in the tub today running full go so I think Sunday they'll get him out and run him around a little bit and Tuesday he could be back with us."

"Injuries are a part of this game and often times it happens in camp, the type of injury that D.J. has got and you'll get somebody like that back," Arkansas defensive backs coach Paul Rhoads said earlier in the week.

Junior college transfer Britto Tutt suffered a torn ACL on a play in the end zone and will be lost for the season.

"We didn’t know if we were going to play him or not coming in," Bielema said. "We wanted to have another set of corner legs. Basically when I lost a couple corners there at the end when Willie Sykes left and wanted to get another corner in our program, he’s got three years of eligibility but he’s got a redshirt year."

Sykes announced his decision to transfer to Texas Tech earlier this month.