Nova Practices in Limited Capacity

PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- Team captain Gary Nova returned to practice Tuesday in a limited role after a Saturday concussion. Rutgers coach Kyle Flood discussed Nova's return and other Arkansas preparations after the conclusion of practice.

PISCATAWAY, N.J. – Gary Nova is going to do everything in his power to lead Rutgers against Arkansas this weekend and practicing in a limited role Tuesday is a significant step.

Nova took the field with the team and participated in portions of practice Tuesday. He remains listed as probable on the Rutgers injury report.

"I think it means you got a chance," Flood said on Nova's practice. "I don't know if there's any certainty at all. Those are decisions that I don't make. The medical staff makes them, so they give me an idea of what they think he can do and then they try to do it and we'll see how he feels tomorrow."

Nova suffered a concussion Saturday in a victory over Eastern Michigan. Protocol dictates that a player pass a physical exertion test and then be symptom free for 24 hours before he can practice.

"When a guy can do certain things, then you give him the week and see how he feels," Flood said.

Nova played arguably the best game of his career against Arkansas as a sophomore. Nova picked apart the Razorback defense for five touchdowns in a winning effort.

"It's big to have him back," said junior running back Savon Huggins. "It's go time. He had a great game against them last year. There's nothing like playing in front of your home crowd in a huge atmosphere. This is going to be a fun one."

Nova was not available to speak the media after Tuesday's practice.

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