Beverley Limited In Practice

FAYETTEVILLE — Patrick Beverley showed up to the Arkansas basketball practice Monday with a mouth-guard, a sore jaw and an unsatisfied appetite.

"Nothing but mashed potatoes and soup," Beverley said.

A day after watching the sophomore guard dislocate his jaw in their win over Alabama, the Razorbacks are hoping Beverley's problems extend no further than his diet. First-year coach John Pelphrey said he "anticipated" Beverley playing Wednesday night against South Carolina, but Beverley wasn't so sure.

Beverley was visibly uncomfortable talking to the media Monday. Every word brought more pain. But he went into his situation in detail.

"We'll see how my mouth reacts to it," Beverley said. "It's like a real bad knee sprain. Hopefully, I'll be back in uniform. But if I'm not, I'm not. I'm going to try real hard to play, but I just have to go by what (Arkansas trainer) Dave (England) says."

Pelphrey and Beverley each said they didn't know when Beverley's jaw dislocated Sunday, other than knowing it occurred in the first half.

Beverley played two minutes — "two minutes of clock time, not real time," Pelphrey said — before removing himself from the game. An oral surgeon sitting behind the Arkansas bench put Beverley's jaw back into place.

Arkansas' coach couldn't believe the toughness Beverley exhibited.

"I had my elbow dislocated in high school, and I wanted to die, I wanted to pass out, I wanted to be gone," Pelphrey said. "So I can't imagine what a jaw would feel like. And then, to come back and play."

"It was a pretty courageous thing for our basketball team, a phenomenal effort by him. To me that's his greatest asset — his toughness, his willingness, his desire. He physically sacrifices his body."

Pelphrey said Beverley would be limited in practice Monday and reevaluated on a daily basis. He did, however, sound confident Beverley would be on the Bud Walton Arena court as Arkansas attempted to improve to 3-0 for the first time since 1997.

The pain Beverley endured, while grabbing a career-high tying 13 rebounds, keeps him optimistic.

"I don't know if I've known any guys who could've pulled that off," Pelphrey said.

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