Franklin Available for Alabama Game

FAYETTEVILLE — Arkansas coach Bobby Petrino said linebacker Jerry Franklin had to learn a hard lesson during the 52-41 loss to Georgia.

But it won't cost him any playing time when the Razorbacks play at No. 3 Alabama on Saturday.

The Southeastern Conference will not suspend Franklin after the sophomore was ejected in the second quarter last week. He committed two unsportsmanlike conduct penalties after the same play. One was for bumping an official.

"He should've been ejected," Petrino said. "When you look at the video he did bump into the official and that is an ejection from the game."

Petrino said Franklin's absence hurt the Razorbacks' defense, which surrendered 530 yards. The sophomore was replaced by true freshman Terrell Williams, who struggled in Franklin's place.

Franklin is expected to return to his starting role and any discipline will be handled in-house. Petrino said Franklin was hurting after the loss, though.

"He feels like he let his teammates down," Petrino said. "He let himself down. But it should be a learning situation. Something he needs to learn from and everyone will learn from. ... You cannot bump into an official. That's how the rules are."

Miller's Time

Petrino said Arkansas receivers Jarius Wright, Greg Childs and Joe Adams wore down in the second half against Georgia. But they should have help Saturday.

Senior Lucas Miller is ready to play after missing two games with a broken collarbone. Miller, who was in uniform Saturday, practiced last week. He and freshman Cobi Hamilton — who caught one pass for nine yards Saturday — will help keep the trio fresh.

"(Miller is) a guy who can make plays and keep them fresh," Petrino said. "As I said after the game, we should've rotated them more. We should've gotten Cobi Hamilton more reps in there."

Smith's Plan

Arkansas will be cautious with running back Michael Smith's shoulder in practice this week, but Petrino believes the senior will be ready Saturday.

Smith missed most of the first half after injuring his shoulder on the first play. He eventually returned to lead the Razorbacks with 59 rushing yards on eight carries. Smith also caught three passes for 33 yards.

Petrino said Smith will be in a non-contact jersey Tuesday and will be re-evaluated Wednesday.

"He felt good (Sunday)," Petrino said. "He's got good strength in his shoulder."

Petrino said the Razorbacks will get teammate Ronnie Wingo more involved this week, too. The freshman had one carry against the Bulldogs and Petrino blamed himself, saying he wasn't comfortable putting Wingo on the field in the SEC opener.

"We have to get him more reps, get him in there," Petrino said. "The guy is a good football player. He can definitely help us as the year goes on."

‘Bama Injury News

Alabama receiver Julio Jones and running back Roy Upchurch returned to practice Monday after missing last week's game with injuries.

Jones sat out with a bruised knee, while Upchurch had a sprained ankle. Both players give the Crimson Tide, which is averaging 512.3 yards a game, more firepower at the skill positions. Especially Jones, who is considered one of the SEC's best receivers.

"Wouldn't you figure, he'd be ready," Petrino said.

TV Time

The SEC announced its broadcast schedule for Sept. 26 on Monday. The Arkansas-Texas A&M game in Cowboys Stadium is scheduled for a 6:30 p.m. kickoff and will be televised on ESPN2.

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