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Tyler Wilson day-to-day after ‘hit to head’

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With the sting of the stunning and shocking upset loss to Louisiana-Monroe slowly subsiding — very slowly — Arkansas can begin to shift its focus to next weekend’s SEC opener against the No. 1 team in the country Alabama.

The biggest question, aside from how long it will take the Hogs to bounce back from the devastating loss, is whether or not they’ll have their starting quarterback in tow when they take the field to face the defending BcS champs.

Tyler Wilson suffered what was only described at the time as an above-the-shoulder injury in the first half of the home loss to the Sun Belt Conference school.  In an update from the school on Wilson condition, UA hinted that the senior suffered either a concussion or concussion-like symptoms and, other than the standard day-to-day, gave no indication as to whether the starter will be available for the Tide.

“Tyler Wilson took a hit to the head and was kept in Little Rock last night for observation,” a statement from head coach John L. Smith read. “His prognosis is good and he will be day-to-day.”

Brandon Allen replaced Wilson at the start of the second half and, while he threw a touchdown pass on his first drive of the third quarter, the Razorbacks could not find the end zone the rest of the game.  Allen, who would be expected to start should Wilson be unable to go, completed 2-of-3 passes for 60 yards on that first drive; after that, the redshirt freshman completed just three of his last 16 attempts for a meager 25 yards and an interception.

In other Hogs injury news, cornerback Tevin Mitchell suffered an injury similar to Wilson’s during the loss.  Unlike Wilson, however, Smith indicated that it’s unlikely the sophomore will be available Saturday.

“He was kept in Little Rock last night and will probably stay again tonight,” Smith said. “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.

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6 Responses to “Tyler Wilson day-to-day after ‘hit to head’”
  1. southernpatriots says: Sep 9, 2012 2:53 PM

    First and foremost, our prayers are with Tyler to make a full recovery.

    Second: Tyler is a marque player, a franchise player and thus should be afforded better protection against injury. Last season, Alabama’s defense roughed him up, LSU’s defense roughed him up a little, and this season, UL-Monroe got hard hit on him. Coaches for the Razorbacks should have better protection for Tyler, if it takes configering the offensive protection differently. This is especially important if Tyler is able to return for the game with Alabama this Saturday.

    Third: There are far too many concussions and head injuries occuring in college and pro football. Helmet technology is over 40 years old. New shock absorbant technology should be designed into new helmets for football players. Prominent coaches and players need to advance this crusade to have new helmets designed which would help prevent many concussions and head injuries.

    Once again best to Tyler Wilson, and his family, friends, and fans.

  2. sssjim7 says: Sep 9, 2012 8:06 PM

    I hope he is ok and starts next week. My only question is: If Arkansas beats Alabama, will Alabama drop out of the top 25?

    Not sure about the *shock absorbant” helmets, though… right now most players know they can get hurt and exercise some caution when flying head-first into a tackle. If they thought the new helments made them invincible, they might go back to tackling with reckless abandon.

    I personally think artificial turf is and always has been the most dangerous thing added to the game. It should be removed, IMHO

    ~Jim

  3. rsmeans says: Sep 9, 2012 9:58 PM

    Winning at football is important to coaches and fans but in the process individual safety is usually ignored. Best Tyler Wilson take off for a time until he feels absolutely secure regarding his safety and ultimately any chance he has in the NFL. Long term decisions are always better than short term ones in approaching a problem like this.

  4. woebegong says: Sep 10, 2012 11:23 AM

    I wish the young man a speedy recovery, as he will someday be playing on Sundays for some lucky team.
    Having said that, he is the fuel for Arkansas engine and they will go, only as far as he can take them.

  5. florida727 says: Sep 10, 2012 3:59 PM

    In the immortal words of Dan Patrick on SportsCenter:

    “We’re all day-to-day.” :) Amen, Dan. Amen.

  6. thebigturds says: Sep 11, 2012 1:07 AM

    This idiot coach should be gone…can’t make a race horse out of a jackass.

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