FAYETTEVILLE – The injury bug finally bit Arkansas this week.
Redshirt freshman linebacker Alexy Jean-Baptiste will miss four to five weeks following surgery to repair a broken foot on Monday.
He is the Razorbacks’ sixth player in the last two years to break his foot, joining Jonathan Williams, Kody Walker, Keon Hatcher, Cody Hollister and Dre Greenlaw.
“Alexy, last week, unfortunately, had a break in his foot, similar to some of the ones we’ve had,” head coach Bret Bielema said Saturday. “He’s unfortunately out for a pretty significant amount of time.”
Before the injury, Jean-Baptiste was the second-team “Razor” outside linebacker behind Randy Ramsey. He redshirted last season after signing with Arkansas as a three-star linebacker from Florida.
Other than that, injuries this spring have been minor:
-Linebacker Dre Greenlaw (foot) and tight end Grayson Gunter (shoulder) have been held out of contact drills all spring because of offseason surgeries.
-Center Frank Ragnow (precautionary), wide receiver Jared Cornelius (hamstring), linebacker Giovanni LaFrance (ankle), safety Korey Hernandez (hamstring) were held out of the scrimmage. None are expected to be long-term issues.
-During the scrimmage, running back Rawleigh Williams III “tweaked his ankle” and tight end Austin Cantrell “got hit on the knee,” Bielema said. They’ll monitor both players, but neither injury appears to be significant.
-Bielema also mentioned that nose tackle Austin Capps suffered a “bruised butt” in Tuesday’s practice after being pushed over a pile. Aside from the jokes, it was nothing serious. Capps had to be helped off the field during Saturday’s scrimmage, as well, but only because he had the wind knocked out of him. He returned and did not appear to be hindered at all.