Wilson was at a full stop in a traffic backup on Tuesday morning when his vehicle was struck from behind. He received no serious injuries. He was at full speed for practice.
"He looked great, like nothing had happened," said Travis Swanson, junior center. "He walked into the locker room and said, 'I'm fine.'
"We could tell pretty quickly that he was fine. You tell yourself we've been through a lot of adversity this year and when you hear about this, just tell yourself there are things besides football that are more important, everything happens for a reason and thank God that Tyler is OK."
Offensive coordinator Paul Petrino said he heard about Wilson's accident when trainer Matt Summers walked into his office Tuesday morning.
"Tyler had tried to call me, but I didn't get the call," Petrino said. "Then he called Matt to tell him he was OK. You don't want to answer the phone this year. You run from it.
"The first thing you think, you are so glad he's OK as a person. Then, second, you are glad that he's OK as a football player."
Petrino said Wilson looked his usual self in practice, but noted the quarterback might "be a little sore tomorrow" from the accident.
Tight end Austin Tate said he didn't hear about the accident until he was in the locker room before practice -- about the same time Wilson walked into the room. He said since both were so close together, there was never any worry in his mind.
"I heard it and then saw him walking in so you could tell he was OK," Tate said. "I went over to him to ask if he was alright and he said, 'I'm fine.' Then he went out in practice and led us just like always. You could tell it hadn't bothered him. He threw it great. He would have told me if something was wrong."
Swanson and Tate were the only players in the interview room Tuesday. Both said this is just another twist to a bizarre journey for the 2012 Razorbacks.
"We are bred to take on adversity," Tate said. "I'd say today was a little personal adversity for Tyler. But he overcame it.
"You always have a sick feeling when you hear someone has been in a wreck, but since I got to see him before I really knew much about it, you don't have it so much."
Swanson said, "We've had to overcome a lot in the last few months. We've been hit with a lot. But I think he's fine. He looked pretty good today, like the normal Tyler."
Swanson said the focus was more on Kentucky than on Wilson's wreck. He said the team looks forward to playing in front of Razorback fans in its home stadium.
"We want to get on a winning streak," he said. "It's good to get back home after being on the road the last two weeks. We think we owe the fans. The magnitude of this game is really big."
Tate said the practice was exciting and upbeat.
"We had some pep in our step," Tate said. "That's how it is when you get a victory. But last week is over. Yes, we had a smile on our face after the game, but we knew we had to get right back to work. The way you end up with a smile after the game is to work hard and prepare the right way in practice. We do have more juice right now. We want to get our work right and then put on a show Saturday night."
Told the Hogs were 2-4 against Kentucky, Tate said the goal is to "make that 3-4. We are back home and this is a big game."
Petrino was asked about that record, too. He said he remembers losing a two touchdown lead in the last meeting in 2008.
"That's a game we gave away our first year," he said.
Twice while discussing Kentucky, Petrino came back to what he said was the key thought this week.
"It's mostly about ourselves," he said. "We had a good practice tonight."
Asked about the UK defense, he said, "They are talented, talented at linebacker. Those guys are good looking players. They are young in the secondary, but they have talent. They played good the first half against South Carolina and good the first half against Florida."
Petrino said tight end Chris Gragg is "still day-to-day," but it's clear the senior playmaker still might be one week away. He was suited up for practice, but was working with the trainer at the start of practice.
Cornerback Tevin Mitchel looked good in the early portion of practice. He's working with the second team and should be able to play this week. No more yellow jersey for Tevin. He hasn't played since a concussion in the fourth quarter of the ULM game -- followed by gall bladder surgery the next week.
Defensive end/linebacker Tenarius "Tank" Wright was not practicing. He was watching in street clothes. He did not play last week.
Running back Ronnie Wingo was in a yellow jersey and available for individual drills. Appeared to be fine.
In the early work, Terrell Williams was working with the first group at middle linebacker, where Alonzo Highsmith played the last three weeks. Highsmith is out for the season with a foot injury. A. J. Turner worked with the ones at weakside linebacker, the spot Williams has played of late. Otha Peters and Jarrett Lake were behind those two.
Intensity was high for the open part of practice. It appeared to be that the victory over Auburn was good medicine for intensity. It looked like the volume of work was good. The repetitions turned over quickly.