Getting Over Concussion

After nearly two weeks, Arkansas quarterback Casey Dick feels like he's getting over the concussion that has kept him out of practice and put his starting job in jeopardy.

The senior spoke to the media Tuesday evening for the first time since he took a helmet-to-helmet hit that forced him to miss the final six minutes of a 34-21 loss at South Carolina on Nov. 8.

"Getting over a concussion basically just takes time. You've got to wait for your mind to heal," Dick said after wrapping up his second consecutive practice this week.

"I don't really know the healing process, but it just takes a couple of days for everything to get back to normal, get back to the way it was."

While Dick said it felt "good" to return to practice after missing all of last week, there's no guarantee that he'll be back in the starting lineup when Arkansas faces Mississippi State at 1:30 p.m. Saturday.

Redshirt freshman Nathan Dick, Casey's younger brother, took snaps with the first-team offense at the start of Tuesday's practice, which is open to the media. Casey Dick worked with the second-team offense.

Nathan Dick said afterward that he and his older brother split the reps in practice just as they did Sunday night when the Razorbacks resumed practicing after having the weekend off.

"Right now, we still don't know what's happening," Nathan Dick said. "We're getting 50-50 (with the reps), so we'll see what happens."

Arkansas offensive coordinator Paul Petrino said each quarterback had a "good night" on Tuesday. He added that he's not sure if a starter will be announced before Saturday.

Casey Dick, meanwhile, said he didn't get a chance to do much last week while getting over the concussion. He was able to watch film and get treatment twice a day.

No Fan of Bye

While most of Arkansas' coaches and players felt that this past open week was needed after eight consecutive games, not everyone was a fan of it.

In fact, Arkansas defensive tackle Malcolm Sheppard would have preferred to keep on playing.

"Me personally, I didn't think it was beneficial at all. I didn't need it," Sheppard said of Arkansas' final bye of the season. "I just like playing football and week after week accept the challenge of it. You can rest in the offseason when it comes."

The Wright Way

After getting off to a slow start this season, it appears that Arkansas freshman wide receiver Jarius Wright is getting the hang of things in practice.

Wright's development has shown over the past two games. He caught five passes for a career-high 112 yards in a Nov. 1 win over Tulsa, and he followed that up with two catches for 82 yards and one touchdown in the loss at South Carolina.

"We always talk about the film is your resume and come up with different things that you can show you do real well," Petrino said. "And probably each night (at practice) he comes up with another route that he's getting down pretty darn good. So his resume is getting bigger and bigger and that's good to see."

Looking Healthy

Arkansas defensive ends Adrian Davis and Damario Ambrose continued to participate in practice, showing signs Tuesday that they're getting over nagging knee injuries.

Running back Michael Smith (shoulder) and offensive guard Grant Cook (knee) also practiced and appear likely to play at MSU.

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