Thursday Grid Update, 11/16

The injury list wasn't as long on Thursday as Arkansas continued preparations for Mississippi State.

Arkansas put the wraps on its on-campus practices for Saturday's game at Mississippi State with some good news on the injury report. The Hogs may have one more fullback available than originally thought.

Farod Jackson, out all week with an ankle sprain, returned to workouts Thursday and practiced without major problems. His availability will be checked at game time.

"He did quite a few things today," said Arkansas coach Houston Nutt. "We'll have to wait and see on Saturday, but it was good to see him out there today. We may have Mitch Petrus, Ben Cleveland and Farod Jackson this week."

Backfield coach Danny Nutt said junior Peyton Hillis is still out with a thigh bruise.

"The swelling is down," Nutt said. "But he can't go this week. We are hopeful he'll be ready next week for LSU. This thigh bruise was different and worse from the last one. That's why he went to the hospital Saturday night. The swelling is much better now and he's moving around quite a bit better today."

Houston Nutt said the Hogs were close to full speed Thursday after letting several starters rest on Wednesday.

"They were all back today, the ones we rested yesterday," Nutt said. "Marcus Monk looked good. Those others looked good, too. We are ready to get on the bus now."

Nutt said the Hogs would stay 75 minutes from Starkville, which is further away than they quarter before any other road game.

"It's a little different, a little more inconvenient for this game than the rest, but it's still football when you get out there," Nutt said. "You have a smaller dressing room, it's harder to get there, but that won't bother us. The field is the same length, same size."

Nutt said preparations for this week have been outstanding. He said intensity and focus has been solid all week.

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