Sophomore Brooks Ellis could be out this week against Georgia after sustaining a "significant" bone bruise in the knee area in the Arkansas loss to Alabama on Saturday. Ellis is the team's second leading tackler and a mainstay at middle linebacker.
Arkansas coach Bret Bielema said other injuries sustained in what he saw was a physical game against Alabama were not likely to cause missed time, although running back Korliss Marshall does have a deep thigh bruise.
Defensive tackle Darius Philon left the Alabama game with a knee injury, but Bielema didn't believe it was serious when asked after the game. He was right. Bielema said Philon was "bouncing off the wall in the weight room" on Sunday and would be ready for the Georgia game.
The Hogs, 3-3, try to snap a 15-game SEC losing streak when they play host to Georgia at 3 p.m. Saturday in Little Rock's War Memorial Stadium.
"Brooks has got a pretty significant bone bruise on the knee," Bielema said. "There is an outside chance for a quick recovery but it looks like something that is going to keep him out for a little bit."
Bielema said junior college transfer Josh Williams played well in place of Ellis in the Alabama game and in other chances this year.
"So Josh Williams will step into that role also Daunte Carr has been a Mike linebacker for us before as well as Braylon Mitchell so it will be a bunch of different guys into that spot this week," Bielema said. "I am excited to see those guys respond to the situation.
"Josh has really been a guy that has been a pure blessing in our program to kind of get him the way we did, a junior college kid that had been a full qualifier out of high school and just grew very , very well his first year of college. We got him here and actually trimmed about 10 pounds off him and now he is playing extremely well. We are excited to get him in the mix."
Running back Korliss Marshall should be ready.
"Korliss Marshall took that shot over there on the sideline and is pretty sore but we will see where he is at as the week goes along," Bielema said. "Other than that all the guys that got a little banged and bruised should be with us.
"I am going to back off a little this week in practice because we have had a couple, tough back to back games and playing very, very physical really in all phases of the game. I knew it was a physical game but going in and watching the film yesterday really reinforced in my mind how physical the guys are and the pride that they play that with. It shows up all over the place, offense, defense and special teams. So that's exciting but by the same account you have to be very, very smart with what we are doing."
Brooks Ellis battling knee bruise
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