Injured Tackle Carried Off Field

FAYETTEVILLE — Arkansas defensive tackle Brandon Lampkin had to be carried off the field on a stretcher Friday after suffering a neck and back injury during the team's first practice in full pads.

An ambulance drove onto Arkansas' practice field at 5:06 p.m. Friday as the team continued practicing on an adjacent field. Paramedics tended to Lampkin, who remained motionless on the sidelines before being carried off on a stretcher at 5:11 p.m.

Arkansas associate athletic director Kevin Trainor said Lampkin was released was Washington Regional Medical Center after being checked out.

"Well, obviously, we're concerned about Lampkin. He got hit early in practice and had some neck pain, and then all of a sudden, he came over and laid down, started having some pain up his neck," Arkansas coach Bobby Petrino said following practice Friday evening.

"At that time, we just went with university protocol and activated our procedure that we're going to do — call the ambulance in."

Petrino said Lampkin suffered an apparent back strain not long after the Razorbacks resumed practice following a brief water break. The redshirt freshman appeared fine, according to Petrino, but then he started "getting some shooting pain up in his neck area."

New Arkansas athletic trainer Joe Sheehan called for an ambulance, which arrived at Arkansas' practice field with its sirens blaring.

Arkansas defensive tackles coach Bobby Allen said Lampkin complained of back pain, but he then felt well enough to return briefly to practice.

"He said he was all right. (I) got him in one play, and I didn't like the way he looked," Allen said. "I took him right out, then he got on the ground. So I don't know what it is."

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