Hillis Likely Out For Alabama

FAYETTEVILLE -- Starting fullback Peyton Hillis is not expected to play in Saturday's Southeastern Conference game against Alabama because of a severe thigh bruise.

Both Arkansas coach Houston Nutt and athletic trainer Dean Weber expressed little confidence that Hillis would see action after the junior has been limited in practice this week.

"Probably doubtful," Nutt said. "Doubtful right now. We'll just play it by ear."

If Hillis can't go against Alabama, junior Farod Jackson and sophomore Mitch Petrus will take over the responsibilities.

Weber said Hillis is "extremely doubtful" for Saturday's game, and the junior has missed the last few days of practice because of the thigh injury.

Weber said Hillis bruised his thigh in the 50-14 season-opening loss to Southern California on Sept. 2, and the Conway native strained it somehow during an off-day.

"He's missed three or four days (of practice)," Arkansas running backs coach Danny Nutt said. "That's pretty tough to come back and get the game plan in two days."

Hillis is also Arkansas' primary punt returner, but Nutt said senior Cedric Washington will likely take over the duties in Hillis' absence.

"On punt returns, we'll probably go with Cedric Washington starting out. (Sophomore) Reggie Fish is ready to go as is (true freshman) Damian Williams, but we're going to go with the senior (Washington), give him a chance to take that ball for us."

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