September 27, 2006

Bye week recovery

Arkansas had a lot of bodies standing around on the sidelines during Tuesday's practice, which was a good chance for several younger players to see action.

One player this week will benefit a great deal is sophomore tailback Darren McFadden, but it is not just because of his sore big toe. McFadden has come down with tonsillitis. While it appears surgery will not be needed, bed rest and plenty of fluids will. McFadden is currently the SEC's leading rusher.

"He's got tonsillitis and a fever of about 102, so we just let him stay in bed and get some medicine and juices," Arkansas coach Houston Nutt said.

The Razorbacks have more serious concerns with starting defensive tackle Marcus Harrison and receiver Robert Johnson. Harrison had surgery to repair torn cartilage on Monday. Johnson had the same surgery Wednesday morning.

"This comes at a good time and gets us some good practice for our younger people, let some other guys get healthy," Nutt said. "We had a lot on the sideline today. Robert Johnson came back from surgery, very successful. Marcus Harrison [and Johnson], they've already had two or three times of rehab today, so that's been good."

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