"It's been killing me," Crawford said Tuesday. "Wanting to be out there working hard with your teammates, wanting to go hard. Instead of pushing those guys to be the best you want to be out there helping them to be the best."
Crawford, who been sidelined since breaking his collarbone in the opener, is hoping he'll be back in action when the Razorbacks (2-2, 0-2 in Southeastern Conference) play 17th-ranked Auburn (5-0, 2-0) in Razorback Stadium, though. The senior participated in his first contact work since suffering the injury on a 23-yard reception from quarterback Ryan Mallett in the Missouri State win.
"It means we keep an eye on him all week and see how he's going," offensive coordinator Paul Petrino said. "He was able to practice today and not in yellow. That was good to see. We'll judge him each day, see how he comes along and make our decision at the end of the week."
Crawford's return would give the Razorbacks another weapon in a passing offense that leads the SEC and is ranked No. 7 in the nation (329.2 yards a game).
Sophomores Joe Adams, Jarius Wright and Greg Childs have emerged as the team's top options. But Crawford and senior Lucas Miller — who returned against Alabama after breaking his collarbone in preseason practice — can help.
"They've been making plays," Crawford said of the receivers. "I feel like it's going to be a great opportunity for me to get out there and make plays with them."
• Injury Update: Running back Dennis Johnson participated in practice Tuesday, returning after a thigh injury sidelined him in the second half of the Texas A&M game. Arkansas coach Bobby Petrino said Monday that Johnson will return to his kick returner role if he's healthy enough to play against the Tigers.
• Petrino made an appearance on ESPN's College Football Live on Tuesday, spending a couple of minutes answering questions about his team as it prepares for Auburn.
At one point, Petrino was asked about Arkansas' schedule the next few weeks. He wouldn't look that far.
"We can't look ahead," Petrino said. "We just have to look at Auburn otherwise I'll never sleep at all."
• Arkansas has scored 40 or more points in three of its first four games, something it hasn't accomplished since 1916. In fact, the Razorbacks have scored 40 or more points in three of their first four games only three times in school history (1911, 1916 and 2009). Through four games, Arkansas is ranked fourth in the SEC and 17th in the nation in scoring offense (35.8 points).
• Former Arkansas defensive tackle Wayne Martin has been selected as the honorary captain for Saturday's game. Martin played for the Razorbacks from 1985-88 and holds the school record for career sacks (25.5).
Inside Scoop: Petrus Sees Improvement
Arkansas guard Mitch Petrus wasn't shy about his frustration with the offensive line after a poor performance against Alabama. A week later, the senior felt a little better about the effort in the Texas A&M win.
"We did all right," Petrus said. "Better than we did at Alabama. We strive for perfection, but it's unrealistic a lot of times. We've still got to stop making simple mistakes."
Petrus said Arkansas' inability to keep the Aggies out of the backfield the first few series of the game was a prime example. He said Texas A&M, which was led by defensive end Von Miller, has talent and a strong pass rush. But Petrus said the blitzes thrown at the Hogs weren't unusual — Arkansas simply started slow.
Petrus said that can't happen against Auburn's defensive front, which is the strength of the unit.
"We've got to make sure we're on our toes and not take a quarter to get into the game," Petrus said. "We're down 10-0 and had to come from behind. We pulled it all out, but if that happens this week, you're in for a long day."
First Down: Crawford Preparing to Play
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