The hits keep on coming for the Arkansas football team as it prepares for this weekend's home game with Kentucky. Head football coach John L. Smith said Wednesday on the SEC teleconference that senior linebacker Tenarius "Tank" Wright is done for the season.
Wright was injured in August practice. He's tried to play through pain, but an MRI on Monday indicated the linebacker/defensive end would need surgery.
"He had to make a decision on what to do and he's decided he's going to go get it fixed," Smith said. "So he'll be out for the year."
Wright played defensive end the last three seasons, following a redshirt because of an ankle injury as a true freshman. He started at linebacker the first three games this season, but was moved back to defensive end because of ineffective play. He sat out last week against Auburn to rest the shoulder and wait for the MRI this week.
Alonzo Highsmith had moved to the middle linebacker spot after Wright's move three games ago. But he is now lost for the season after a foot injury that will also require surgery.
The Hogs had tried fullback Kiero Small at middle linebacker in preseason, but he's also done for the season with a broken foot sustained in practice in the week between the first and second game.
Terrell Williams is the likely starter at middle linebacker this week. He had been playing weakside linebacker, but made the move this week. True freshman A. J. Turner is the likely starter at weakside linebacker. True freshman Otha Peters played most of the last game at middle linebacker after Highsmith's injury.
The Hogs are also dealing with the arrest of junior defensive Chris Smith, a starter, early Wednesday because of an outstanding speeding ticket in Farmington.
"We'll get that handled," John L. Smith said, noting he he had spoken to Smith. The head coach said the defensive end would play this week against Kentucky.
It does not appear that senior tight end Chris Gragg will be available for Kentucky. Smith labeled him very doubtful on Wednesday. Gragg has a deep leg bruise and has missed the last two games.
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