Hogs' Defense Dealing With Injuries

FAYETTEVILLE -- With top-ranked LSU on the horizon, this is not the time for Arkansas' defense to be dealing with injuries.

Defensive end Malcolm Sheppard (sprained ankle) and cornerback Jerell Norton (bruised knee) returned to practice Tuesday, but it was apparent that neither was at full speed.

Norton, who ranks second in the Southeastern Conference with five interceptions, fielded punts and ran gingerly while wearing a knee brace.

"Any injury is an injury. I'm definitely going to take precaution with it," Norton said. "But at the same time, I love the game of football. I've been in the training room every minute of every day that I can get in there, so I can make sure I'm ready for (Friday)."

Norton will be needed to help slow down LSU's dangerous passing game. Meanwhile, fellow cornerback Michael Grant continues to practice despite a pulled right hamstring suffered in practice before last Saturday's 45-31 win over Mississippi State.

"He's OK, but he still doesn't look full speed," Arkansas defensive coordinator Reggie Herring said of Grant. "The bottom line is we're beat up and so is every team in America right now. We've just got to suck it up and go with who we've got and that's the way it is."

Herring didn't sound too optimistic about Sheppard, who was limited to only 20 snaps against MSU after spraining his ankle.

The sophomore is still listed as the starting left end on Arkansas' depth chart, but coaches perhaps won't know his status until game time.

"I think we'll know more day-to-day, but if we had to play today, there is no way (he could play)," Herring said.

Harrison's Trial Postponed

Arkansas defensive tackle Marcus Harrison's trial on felony drug possession has been pushed back to Dec. 18 with the possibility he could end up in a diversion program.

Harrison was arrested Aug. 24 after an Ecstasy pill and two marijuana cigars were found in his possession during a traffic stop. His trial was set for Tuesday in Washington County Circuit Court.

Harrison was suspended for the Sept. 1 season opener against Troy University, but he returned to the lineup and ranks fifth on the Razorbacks with 64 tackles this season.

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