Thursday Grid Update, 9/28

With only three coaches available, Arkansas kept Thursday's workout very brief. The Hogs finished the week's work week before giving the players Friday and Saturday off.

With most of the coaches on the road recruiting, Arkansas worked for about 45 minutes on Thursday before players were given two days off for the open date.

"We had a good long team session," said Houston Nutt, UA head coach. "This was a good week. We were able to rest some players and try to get healthy. The open date came at a good time."

Several players were held out of the brief workout with injuries or illnesses. Tailback Darren McFadden, out Wednesday with tonsilitis, attended the workout, but did not practice. He stood on the sidelines with sweats and a towel around his neck.

"Darren is a lot better today and he'll be fine by Sunday," Nutt said. "We didn't want him to do anything today."

Also missing the workout were Peyton Hillis, Marcus Monk, Darius Vinnett, Sam Olajubutu, Weston Dacus, Robert Johnson and Marcus Harrison. Johnson and Harrison both underwent minor knee surgery this week. The others were nursing minor ailments.

"Marcus and Robert are doing their rehab and we are hopeful they will be back next week," Nutt said. "It's just too early to tell, though."

Nutt said quarterback Mitch Mustain skipped most of the passing drills to rest a "fatigued" shoulder the past three days.

"Casey Dick got a lot of reps at quarterback and he looked good," Nutt said. "Mitch will be fine next week."

The Hogs practiced for about 35 minutes, then spent the last 10 minutes doing conditioning drills. Coaches at the practice were Nutt, Reggie Herring and Bobby Allen. NCAA rules allow only seven coaches to be on the road at any one time.

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