Tuesday Grid Update, 4-3

Arkansas gets a scare during Tuesday's practice when starting quarterback Casey Dick gets his left ankle rolled up under some offensive and defensive linemen.

FAYETTEVILLE — Arkansas coach Houston Nutt got a brief scare Tuesday evening when he saw starting quarterback Casey Dick injure his left ankle toward the end of practice.

Dick, the only scholarship quarterback on Arkansas' roster this spring, rolled his ankle after he got tangled up with some offensive and defensive linemen during a team drill.

"I really didn't know how bad it was at first," Dick said. "But I got up and everything felt all right, so (I) just went back in there."

Dick remained at practice, and the junior didn't have any problems walking afterward. Still, he said he would get some treatment on his ankle.

Nutt has not allowed any of his defensive players to tackle Dick this spring as a precaution, and the coach admitted he was concerned when he saw the quarterback fall during practice.

"You try to do it without tackling, and I'll be doggone if he doesn't get rolled up," Nutt said. "But he's tough, and thank goodness he came right back."

Dick and backup Nathan Emert, a Shiloh Christian graduate, have been taking snaps with the offense this spring. But Dick is without a doubt Arkansas' No. 1 quarterback heading into the fall.

"As soon as he got up and started walking, I was very, very relieved — very relieved," Nutt said. "(We) can't lose Nathan or Casey."

The Razorbacks will not practice today, which will give Dick another day to get treatment and let his ankle rest.

Meanwhile, Nutt said starting offensive guard Robert Felton might have suffered a slight concussion during Tuesday's practice.

Wide receiver Robert Johnson wasn't able to practice extensively because of an injured hamstring. Defensive end Antwain Robinson also missed practice because of a hip flexor.

Despite the rash of injuries, Arkansas offensive coordinator David Lee spent Tuesday putting in the last of the offensive installs.

"The only thing we may touch on a little bit is what they did on the Wildcat last year," Lee said, referring to the formation in which running back Darren McFadden lines up at quarterback.

Lee has spent the first few days of spring practice implementing the changes he's made to the playbook since taking over as offensive coordinator.


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