An ugly first half of the season just got uglier for Arkansas as starting Razorbacks defensive tackle Robert Thomas will miss the rest of the season due to a broken leg, head coach Brett Bielema said on Monday.
The senior suffered the injury in Arkansas’s 52-7 loss to South Carolina this past Saturday night. Since he’ll need three-to-four months of recovery time, his playing career is effectively over.
Thomas was off to a nice start this year, notching 31 tackles, 6 tackles for loss and 3.5 sacks before getting hurt. Now that he’s out, look for 345-pound sophomore DeMarcus Hodge to take over his spot.
The schedule does Arkansas no favors, as a road trip to Alabama looms. It was going to be tough to contain the Tide’s run game with Thomas in the lineup. Without him it may be impossible.