Monk Misses Tuesday's Practice

FAYETTEVILLE — The biggest news out of Arkansas' practice Tuesday had nothing to do with anyone on the field. Instead, it had to do with the one guy who noticeably was missing.

Junior wide receiver Marcus Monk was not in pads like the rest of his teammates Tuesday, wearing a t-shirt and shorts while watching the action from the sidelines.

Arkansas coach Houston Nutt addressed the media after practice, downplaying any serious injury to his star receiver.

"Marcus Monk is going to be fine," Nutt said. "He's just got a little bruised shoulder and (trainer) Dean (Weber) thought it would be best to keep him out.

"I fully expect him to be ready Saturday."

The injury, which originally occurred during Arkansas' game with Vanderbilt, does appear to be nothing serious. But just to be safe, Monk was rested just in case.

Even though Monk was missing from practice, offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn thinks the Razorbacks could use the time without him in a good way.

"We know what we're getting with Marcus," Malzahn said. "His shoulder is bothering him a little, but nothing major.

"But it's a good opportunity to get some younger guys some reps. It gets London Crawford some reps and Carl Baker, so you can take it as a positive."

McFadden Back To Full Strength

Although it would be hard by to tell by his performances so far, Darren McFadden actually is yet to be at 100 percent in a game.

At least that's what Malzahn said Tuesday as he noticed McFadden perform at a better speed and strength than he's seen so far this year.

"I think Darren has done a very good job," Malzahn said. "I don't think he's struggling at all.

"But he hasn't been healthy. He's just now 100 percent."

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