Grid Update, 12/16

Arkansas coaches received a phone call from Shawn Andrews. A final decision on his status for the bowl game has been made.

Shawn Andrews will not play in the Independence Bowl, Arkansas coach Houston Nutt confirmed after practice Tuesday.

"I talked to Shawn and he said he would not play," Nutt said. "He and his mother talked to the doctor and they called to tell us."

Nutt said he did not confer with the doctor treating the All-America tackle for a sinus condition. He said trainer Dean Weber expected to hear from the doctor this week. Nutt expects Andrews to attend the game when the Hogs face Missouri's Tigers in the Independence Bowl on Dec. 31 in Shreveport, La.

The Hogs practiced for well over two hours on Tuesday. They worked in full pads inside Walker Pavilion. Nutt said plans to work outside were scrapped when temperatures of 32 degrees greeted them. There were light snow flurries in the area.

"We wanted to go outside today and we will try to get outside this week, but we had rain last night and the field was soft and it is very cold," Nutt said.

The Hogs practiced on the field turf inside Walker Pavilion, a surface that closely matches the artificial surface that awaits them at the Independence Bowl.

"I walked on the field in Shreveport and it's the same as this field," Nutt said. "But we still want to get outside some and throw and catch in the wind some."

The Hogs worked on fundamentals for the first half of the workout, then broke into team groups for the second half of the workout. They were in full pads and there was solid contact, but no tackling to the ground.

"We are sore," Nutt said. "We've had physical, intense workouts and our players feel it right now. We wanted to get in a lot of hitting to get the timing back. We've done that.


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