Arkansas coach John L. Smith said the injury was "non-contact" and set no timetable for the senior's return. Small was also slated to play linebacker for the Razorbacks this season, but didn't in the season-opening win over Jacksonville State.
Smith hopes to see better secondary play, some rust fall off at linebacker and competition in the offensive line. Those were some of the main topics as the Hogs wrapped up their on-campus practices for Louisiana-Monroe.
Jason Peacock was mentioned by Smith as perhaps one of those stepping up his game in the offensive line. Peacock was suspended for the opener, but is competing for playing time this week at tackle.
Smith said Peacock had a good week of practice, but that "eyes" are on him every snap. And they might be wide open every time the big senior steps on the scales.
"He's dropped some weight," Smith said. "He's at 316. We want him to get six more. He's getting there. We want him to run harder. We want him to know we've got our eyes on him every play.
"(Peacock) is one of the guys we are pushing for him to compete with the next guy for playing time. He has gotten better."
Smith also responded to a question about Mitch Smothers. He's been working at both guard and center and will log some playing time this week.
"We have eight or nine that are going to play (in the offensive line)," Smith said. "We are looking at Grady (Ollison) at guard, too. Maybe some tackle. You might see Grady at tight end or H-back, too."
Ollison was listed as an offensive tackle in preseason, but got some snaps at fullback on the goal line last week against Jacksonville State.
Smith opened his media briefing with comments about the week in general. He said the first two days of workouts weren't perfect, but he liked the tone of Thursday's workout. He called it a "good, good" practice. He said ball security and tackling were the points of special emphasis in every workout this week.
The coach then talked about the first trip to Little Rock of the season. He noted the older guys are teaching the youngsters how the Hogs travel. He said youngsters would learn that it's a business trip with concentration and focus. There would be little chatter as the Hogs make the trip.
"They'll find out that we don't open our mouth much, particularly when we hit Little Rock," he said. "It's business, business."
Then, he took care of some personal business. Earlier in the day, Smith's lawyer filed personal bankruptcy papers.
"My deal has been turned over to the professionals," he said. "It's a weight off my shoulders."
There were a few questions in regards to the bankruptcy, but Smith mainly repeated himself.
He didn't shed a lot of light on the question about whether Darius Winston or Kaelon Kelleybrew would start at cornerback. Winston started last week, but Kelleybrew took his place after Winston failed to make a play on a deep ball. Smith declined to say who would start.
What would he like to see improved from the first week when the Hogs play Louisiana-Monroe?
"We would like to see more physical play in our offensive line," he said. "We'd like to run the ball. We'd like to push the line of scrimmage and collapse the corner."
Smith said the linebackers "were very rusty" in the opener. He noted Alonzo Highsmith and Tenarius Wright should play better in their second game after missing most of camp with injuries.
"Those guys haven't played," he said. "We expect a lot better from them. We hope they don't miss as many tackles, that their run fits are better and they play with more discipline in the option. We hope they improve their underneath coverage. And we are going to have to have some help from the freshmen."
That would be Otha Peters and A. J. Turner. Those two freshmen linebackers didn't get many snaps in the opener.
Smith said wide receiver Cobi Hamilton, injured in the opener, has had a good week of practice.
"We always expect a lot from Cobi," he said. "We did last week, but he was hurt. He's had a stellar week of practice this week. We expect him to be the best receiver on the team."