Olajubutu Could Miss Saturday's Game

FAYETTEVILLE — No offense to Southeast Missouri, but this just might be the perfect time for the Redhawks to show up on the Arkansas football schedule.

Senior linebacker Sam Olajubutu — easily the Razorbacks' leading tackler through the first five games with 66 stops — has missed practice the last two days and could be questionable to even play Saturday.

"Butu hasn't practiced all week," defensive coordinator Reggie Herring said. "We don't even know if Sam is going to play."

Herring said Olajubutu is suffering from a stiff neck, but the school's 11th all-time leading tackler isn't the only player banged up after such a physical game last week at Auburn.

There's also John Johnson (knee scope), Antwain Robinson (hip flexor), Jamaal Anderson (hamstring) and Darius Vinnett (leg).

"We're beat up right now," Herring said. "And it's day to day with those guys. Really, to say anything about how much they'll play, we won't know until we get there. They get better day by day, but you don't ever really know."

With the injuries piling up, Herring isn't afraid to admit playing a Southeast Missouri this week instead of another Auburn can't hurt.

"It's good that we're not playing Auburn again, or Georgia or somebody that's going to run the ball down our throat," Herring said. "I mean they (Southeast Missouri) might try to run the ball down our throat, but it's good we're not playing a top-ranked football team this Saturday.

"Now does that mean we relax? No. But the bottom line is it could be worse if we're playing a Tennessee or even an Ole Miss this week."

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