Jones Improves, But Remains Questionable

FAYETTEVILLE -- Arkansas coach Houston Nutt reiterated Monday that he doesn't know if quarterback Matt Jones will be healthy enough to play against No. 10 Georgia in Reynolds Razorback Stadium on Saturday.

But Nutt said Jones' sore groin has improved after one day of treatment.

"Just going by the day, he was better than he was yesterday," Nutt said. "But we just won't know."

That's all the Razorbacks can hope for as Jones tries to recover from an injury that limited him throughout Arkansas' 38-20 loss at Auburn last Saturday. Jones remains questionable and isn't expected to practice when the Hogs step back on the field today, but spent most of his free time in the training room Monday.

Jones hasn't missed a game due to injury in his career and said he was sore Sunday. He felt better Monday and hopes to see improvement every day this week. If Jones is unable to play, redshirt freshman Robert Johnson would earn his first career start after appearing in three games this season.

"We're going to try to do everything we can to get an opportunity to go," said Jones, who underwent treatment three times Monday. "But I think we'll know a lot more Wednesday, Thursday."

Jones, who leads the Southeastern Conference in total offense (274.3 yards), is second in passing (213.2 yards) and fourth in passing efficiency (140.4 rating), said everything is in Arkansas trainer Dean Weber's hands this week.

If he's not healthy by Saturday, Jones joked that it could cost Weber his job.

"We're going to put it on his shoulders," Jones said. "If I'm not better, we're thinking about firing him."

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