Starting signal caller Tyler Wilson said he would "absolutely" be playing while Razorback head coach Bobby Petrino said it is likely tailback Dennis Johnson will make his first appearance this season in this Saturday's game.
"I think we've got a chance there," Petrino said on Johnson. He ran last night with the guys that played in the game. He looked good running. He strided out. I think we've got an opportunity this week that he'll be back playing."
Johnson would join Ronnie Wingo, De'Anthony Curtis and Kody Walker at tailback.
Johnson, the school's career leader in kickoff return yardage, has missed the first two games with what is thought to be a hamstring injury. He will not necessarily take over as the kick returner.
"i don't know that yet," Petrino said. "We've got to get later on in the week and see. I do like the way our two young guys (Marquel Wade and Keonte Minor) have been doing back returning."
Senior defensive end Jake Bequette (hamstring) and senior wideout Jarius Wright (strained knee) both missed the second half of last Saturday's 52-3 win over New Mexico in Little Rock.
"I don't know a lot new on Bequette and Jay Wright," Petrino said. "They were both here yesterday and had treatment. I haven't met with Matt Summers today. Tyler was doing fine last night. He ran and conditioned with everybody else. The other two guys were on the bike, but that's not unusual. I think we'll probably know a little bit more either later on today or tomorrow."
Petrino agreed with the assessment that Bequette and Wright's injuries were more day-to-day than long term.
"I think so," Petrino said. "I think so. I think we'll see some improvement here, hopefully quick. But we've still yet to be seen."
He made it clear that if Bequette and Wright were healthy enough to play, there would be no holding them out.
"If they're read to play, they'll play," Petrino said. "It's always a situation of what the trainers say and what the doctors say. Whether they can get the practice time in and get prepared physically and mentally to play in the game, then they'll play. If they can't, then they won't play. But we don't hold anybody out.
"Those two guys are seniors," Petrino added. "They know the clock is sticking on their opportunities to play in our stadium, so I know they're going to do everything in their power to get ready to play in the game."
It was an easy decision to hold out Wilson, but Petrino made it clear that he had no say in that.
"My opinion doesn't matter when it comes to that," Petrino said. "It's what the trainers and doctors say."
Wilson said he simply got his "bell rung."
"I feel fine, really," Wilson said. "I'm feeling good. I had a good day-and-a-half worth of rest so I feel fine and ready to go back and prepare for Troy this week."
"I really, really felt fine the whole time," Wilson added later "Even after the touchdown run, I felt fine and celebrated. I was fine going into the locker room. We started going over some stuff during halftime. You know you get your bell rung sometimes in football. I think that might have been more what happened.
"Precautionary-wise we took that approach and sit out the second half," Wilson said.
He said he "absolutely" expects to play on Saturday, but Wilson said he will change his approach a bit.
"Obviously you want to minimize the amount of contact you get during the course of a game," Wilson said. "You want to minimize those and obviously I am going to try and lessen that approach as I move forward. Probably try to get out of the way a little more."