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‘Fingers crossed’ for Tyler Wilson’s availability vs. Tide

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Day 4 of the Tyler Wilson Watch came and went without any type of definitive answer to the question on the minds of most/all Arkansas/Alabama fans: will the starting quarterback be on the field this weekend?

Wilson suffered a head injury in the first half of the Razorbacks’ loss to Louisiana-Monroe last Saturday, and has been iffy to play this weekend against the No. 1 team in the country in what’s the SEC opener for both schools.

The good news for UA fans is that Wilson, for the first time since the injury, was on the field Wednesday practicing with his teammates.  The not-so-good news is that Wilson has yet to be cleared by the UA medical staff for something that walks, talks, looks and smells like a concussion but has yet to be labeled as such publicly by the football program.

Instead, there’s merely bending appendages over each other when it comes to Wilson’s ability to return from this vague “head injury” thing.

“That decision has not been made yet and it’s not in my hands,” head coach John L. Smith said. “I’m keeping my fingers crossed.”

A final decision on Wilson’s availability is not expected to come until later this week, if not right up until hours prior to kickoff.

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15 Responses to “‘Fingers crossed’ for Tyler Wilson’s availability vs. Tide”
  1. southernpatriots says: Sep 13, 2012 9:47 AM

    I hope Tyler does not return to play against Alabama unless:

    1. He is completely well.

    2. That Coach John L. Smith and his assistants devise a new offensive blocking scheme to help make sure Tyler is protected against such hard hits that he suffered in the UL-Monroe game on Saturday and in the Alabama game last year!

    Shame on the coaches for not making needed changes when Tyler was roughed up last season. A head injury (to avoid calling it a “concussion” as JT accurately wrote) is serious, and nothing to play with. I sure hope the Razorback coaches all fully understand this better than they understood how to protect Tyler, or call running plays and screen passes, or to change defenses in the second half of game v. UL-Monroe.

  2. woebegong says: Sep 13, 2012 9:54 AM

    If there is any chance he could get further injured, I would keep him out. In all fairness, Arkansas is not going to beat Alabama even if they were 100% healthy anyway. If he gets knocked out of a game again, with the same type of injury, they might have a tough time getting a winning season and a bowl game.

  3. normtide says: Sep 13, 2012 10:16 AM

    As a bama fan, I always want to play against our opponents best players, win or lose. That said, I hope coach Smith is not trying to “coach for his job” and play him if he is still recovering. Bama will be trying to get to the qb, as that is a major part of our pass defense. The Arkansas game has become a great rivalry, especially since it opens both teams SEC run. Best of luck to this kid, I hope he is fully healthy and ready to play.

  4. tigersgeaux says: Sep 13, 2012 10:29 AM

    normtide: A great attitude, insight, and posting.

    My concerns are likewise. Smith may be “pushing” and in his desire to win he may risk the health of Tyler. In all games, this game with Alabama is the wrong game to do that.

    Bring Tyler back when he is truly well, and as southernpatriots posted with greater protection.

  5. clemsonstillsucks says: Sep 13, 2012 11:00 AM

    I would hope that Tyler’s parents weigh in at some point on the decision…I know I would be if it involved my son.

    This kid has a great future and it would be a shame to see it put at risk by the current coaching staff.

  6. dalucks says: Sep 13, 2012 11:26 AM

    If Arkansas could not block Lousiana Monroe than should people expect Arkansas to block Alabama? Tyler has a concussion even though no one wants to admit it but if the coaches truly care about player safety then Tyler would sit out this week.

  7. parkcityute says: Sep 13, 2012 12:09 PM

    I don’t usually post except for my Utes. This involves the health and future of this young man.

    Maybe the fans could just accept they will lose against the semi-pro team of Alabama to save Tyler further injury and call the Football Dept. at UA?

  8. auburntigers34 says: Sep 13, 2012 12:49 PM

    united they stand.

  9. mrslay1 says: Sep 13, 2012 1:52 PM

    It would seem we are all on the same page here about Tyler. This kis has given his all for this team and has to think of his future. If he was my son I wouldn’t allow him to play this week no matter who the opponent is. He needs at least 2 weeks for this kind of thing and maybe 3.

  10. kozbee says: Sep 13, 2012 2:22 PM

    If Tyler is 100% or not Bama defense will get to him,just hope if he plays he doesnt get hurt.Doctors say he`s ok then playball.

  11. florida727 says: Sep 13, 2012 5:05 PM

    The common thread here, rightly so, is everyone’s genuine concern for Tyler Wilson’s safety. Why Arkansas refuses to identify his “head injury” as a concussion is beyond me. WHATEVER it’s called, I just hope they recognize the difference between being “medically cleared to play” and THE SMART THING TO DO.

    I sort of agree with “mrslay1”, but with the following caveat: there are differing degrees of concussions obviously. CAN he play this week? Maybe. SHOULD he play this week? That’s an entirely different question.

    The real bummer part of this is that I bet Tyler had this game circled on his calendar throughout the off-season while working out. Actually, two games were probably circled, this one and the LSU game. And both being at home, he had to be pointing to these two dates for a long time.

    Let’s hope he’s genuinely healthy enough to play. I also agree with the comments about his parents being involved in the decision. No one will look after you like your mom and dad… even though you might not like what they tell you :) (good gosh, I hope my kids read this!)

    Should be a great game in a great atmosphere regardless…

  12. bullneck11 says: Sep 13, 2012 6:06 PM

    I don’t think he should play. If I were his parents and coaches, I would not risk this young man’s future no matter what it is.

    He would be in the pros now, but he chose to come back to Arkansas, and then Petrino left and everything changed and got out of kilter.

    That Bama defense is going to be all over him and they are certainly no ULM . The Arkansas OL is doing a very poor job of protecting Wilson and it is just not worth the risk of putting this QB’s future NFL pro career and his whole life as well in jeopardy.

    Arkansas really doesn’t have a realistic shot in this game anyway, so what good would it do to play Wilson and risk permanent injury.

  13. mike693466 says: Sep 13, 2012 6:36 PM

    I just don’t think a guy can fully recover from a head injury in a week. His future is more important than 1 football game. It doesn’t matter about the coach. I doubt he will be there next year anyway. I’m a Bama fan and would rather have the Hogs 100% when Bama beats them. But Wilsons future can be at risk. The Tide is gonna go after the QB like crazy nomatter who is in there and they hit hard and show no mersey. That what football is all about. If he’s not fully recovered he should’t play.

  14. clemsonstillsucks says: Sep 13, 2012 10:16 PM

    As a follow up…my daughter plays college soccer and she has had 2 concussions In her college career (she is a junior). Both times she wasn’t released to play without a full work-up and clearance from an independent specialist, both of which took at least two to three weeks to accomplish.

    My point here is that, in my opinion, this is exactly why Tyler’s injury isn’t being classified as a concussion (maybe an induced migraine?)…who knows what is playing out behind the scenes. I would hope that he isn’t under pressure “by whomever” to proclaim/”agree” this is something that it’s not just to retain his starting position.

  15. alligatorsnapper says: Sep 13, 2012 11:17 PM

    A little more than a decade ago, during my football playing days, I had two concussions as well and at my last one, doctors told me my playing days were over. The first one took about 2 weeks to recover from and the second one took me about 4 weeks.

    I like clemsonstillsucks information and conclusion, which I think could well be the case. Powers that be at the University of Arkansas football department are putting subtle or not so subtle pressure on Tyler to be ready to play this Saturday. And just like dalucks I am very skeptical that the OL can protect Tyler against the onslaught rush of the huge DL of Alabama, if they could not protect Tyler against the rush of UL-Monroe.

    Protect Tyler Wilson for the future life and career he has, not sacrifice him for one game against a team you have almost no chance of beating anyway.

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