Thursday Grid Update, 10/4

Injuries at wide receiver continue to be a problem for the Arkansas football team. Robert Johnson's status for Saturday night is iffy.

Arkansas put the wraps on the work week Thursday with wide receiver Robert Johnson still out with a sore ankle. That probably means Reggie Fish will start Saturday against Chattanooga's Mocs.

Johnson was the leading receiver in the Hogs' 66-7 victory over North Texas, but missed practice Wednesday and Thursday this week with a sore ankle. He was at practice in a protective boot on his ankle both days.

"He's better and he is very optimistic that he can play," Arkansas coach Houston Nutt said of Johnson's status for Saturday night.

"We'll see how he is in warmups. We want him to play. We want to keep building on what we had last week (with Johnson). He made some good plays."

Fish got the major snaps at Johnson's slot this week, with Carlton Salters getting the backup snaps.

Marcus Monk was at practice Thursday, but limited in his role. Monk has practiced some each of the workouts this week, including a few snaps late in Wednesday's workout after missing the early work on Wednesday for some training room therapy.

Nutt was asked about the possibility of tailback Darren McFadden breaking the career rushing mark held by Ben Cowins against Chattanooga.

"We know that's out there and that it's a possibility," Nutt said. "Our first priority is winning the game. We know that if he doesn't get it this game, he'd get it soon.

"The good thing about Darren is that he's always made it a team first situation. He's been excellent. A great example of that is when he blocks for Felix Jones on kickoffs. We know that Darren understands the situation and has a great attitude. We'd like for him to get it in (Little Rock), but that's not the number one goal."

Nutt said the team is excited to be playing in Rock.

"We've got players from there and I think this comes at a good time," Nutt said. "It's something to look forward to and we know it will be a great atmosphere. It's something new and that's good."

Some Arkansas coaches made quick exits from practice to hit the recruiting trails. They will return to the team late Friday night and Saturday morning in Little Rock.

"You can have seven on the road and we had some flights to catch," Nutt said. "We let some coaches get off the field quickly and get to their flights. You get six dates where you can go to games to evaluate and they are important."

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