"Tyler was out there and looked good throwing the ball," Haynes said. "But he's not cleared."
Wilson missed the second half of last week's 34-31 overtime loss to Louisiana-Monroe with what was termed as an injury "above the shoulders." Brandon Allen and Brandon Mitchell continue to split time at quarterback in preparation for Saturday's game with No. 1 Alabama. Game time is 2:30 p.m. in Fayetteville.
Haynes called Wednesday's workout "up beat and high tempo." He said coaches and players were not pleased with the ULM game, but the challenge of Alabama changed the tone quickly.
Defensive tackle Robert Thomas said, "You could see it in everyone's eyes this week. We are all up on our toes and excited."
Haynes noticed, too.
"The reaction this week has been exciting," he said. "Everyone is disappointed with the way we played. But it's time to put on our hard hats."
Haynes fielded several questions about situations in the ULM loss, including the decision for him to coach from the press box.
"I trust my coaches on the field," he said. "They are position coaches. One thing we are going to do is stay the course. We aren't changing."
He expects improvement.
"We are not playing up to our potential," he said. "It's little things. When we do it right every time we'll reach our potential."
Just after the ULM game, Haynes said one thing that can be done to help players is to simplify things. What does that mean?
"It means to not have a big package," he said. "Whatever we do, do it well. It means not having as many calls. We will make sure our guys can line up and communicate.
"We've got a lot of kids at new positions or they haven't been out there in awhile. There are growing pains.
"I want them to tell me what they know and we'll do it. We want to be able to fight toe to toe and do what we know."
Haynes said the strength of the team is still the defensive front four. He said linebackers "did not grade well." That will be a problem against Alabama if it continues.
"Linebacker play is important if not super important because (Alabama) is going to attack between the tackles and pound on you," Haynes said.
The defensive line is the strength because of the ability to rotate two groups at all four positions.
"We still feel that way because we have a lot of depth there," Haynes said. "They've played good. The issue is the back seven. We give up too many big plays. We aren't tackling."
Thomas said the defensive line is excited this week because of the thought of facing a physical team.
"That's what we like," Thomas said, meaning the defensive line. "We have the mindset that we are ready to go. There is no doubt that we are still the strength of the team. We just have to go out and play our game."
Haynes said there were breakdowns against ULM with execution in the back of the defense. One of those came late in the game when Warhawks quarterback Kolton Browning escaped. Haynes said after the game that happened despite having a "spy" assigned to Browning. He was asked Wednesday about the spy.
"It was Alonzo (Highsmith) and he'd be the first to tell you that he was upset," Haynes said. "The first five times we called it, he did it right. All of a sudden he went wacky. Something was not clicking."
Cornerback Tevin Mitchel is out for the game. Haynes said there are four cornerbacks in the mix for playing time, with true freshman Jared Collins on hold if necessary. The plan was to redshirt Collins. Seniors Kaelon Kelleybrew and Darius Winston are listed on one side with true freshman Will Hines and redshirt freshman Davyon McKinney on the other side.
Haynes called quarterback A. J. McCarron Alabama's "the go-to guy, what I call the heart of their offense. He recognizes pressures and gets them in the right play." He said it's clear what Alabama wants to do.
"It's tough, physical, pounding, smashmouth football," Haynes said. "They do spread you out. It's not (two-back) all of the time. We have to do a good job of communicating because they work you with formations and that's when they get big plays. Then when they get up on you, they are going to get in 22 personnel and pound."
Defensive end Trey Flowers said there will be no surprises.
"It's time to eat if you are on the defensive line," he said. "You step up as a man. You either are going to get run over or you are going to stop the run.
"The defensive line knows we have a job to do. We know we have a gap. You have to man that gap."