Arkansas injury updates: WR Brandon Martin, TE Jeremy Patton out with minor injuries
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Arkansas wide receiver Brandon Martin did not take part in the Razorbacks’ first scrimmage of fall camp Saturday.
Coach Bret Bielema said he has a “soft tissue” injury in his back that is not believed to be serious. He’s been out for a couple days and is expected to be practicing early next week.
Martin arrived in January as a highly-touted recruit from Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College. He has been expected to play regularly this season.
Here are some other injury updates from Bielema on Saturday:
TE Jeremy Patton
The junior college transfer did not participate in the scrimmage. Bielema said he tweaked his hamstring and should be back practicing by Tuesday at the latest. Bielema added he’s been impressive since he arrived at Arkansas in July and is in the thick of the competition for playing time at tight end.
WR Jared Cornelius
Bielema reiterated Cornelius is off the 105-man roster with a back muscle injury as a precaution. The issue is similar to what Cornelius dealt with during parts of last season, Bielema says. He’s projected to rejoin the team for practice once school starts in a couple weeks.
WR T.J. Hammonds
SEC Country reported earlier this week Hammonds would be out after having knee surgery. Bielema says the injury, which he calls an MCL sprain, occurred on a routine play. As previously reported, he’s projected to be out four weeks. He might be back for the season opener, and Bielema definitely expects him to be healed by Week 2 when Arkansas plays TCU. He’s definitely expected to play, likely as a reserve, at wide receiver.
DE Armon Watts
Watts left the scrimmage with an apparent left arm injury. Bielema described it as a “bruise on the elbow” and he shouldn’t miss any significant playing time. He’s been working with the second unit.
ILB Dre Greenlaw
Greenlaw went through warmups, but was held out of the live action as a precaution. He had surgery twice in the past year to repair a foot injury. He’s one of the most experienced players on the defense and is still expected to start at inside linebacker for the season opener. Bielema says he’s slated as the starter alongside De’Jon Harris at inside linebacker.
ILB De’Jon Harris
Harris, a sophomore who played regularly last season, left the scrimmage with an apparent lower leg injury. Bielema says he was “rolled up from the backside” and hurt his knee.
However, the injury is not believed to be serious as Bielema expects him to miss only a couple days. He was held out the second half of the scrimmage as a precaution.
CB Britto Tutt
Tutt did not play in the scrimmage due to swelling in one of his knees. He had surgery to repair a torn ACL last August. He had swelling the same knee after it got “banged in the wrong spot” according to Bielema. The injury isn’t believed to be serious.
K Cole Hedlund
Starting kicker Cole Hedlund was held out Saturday what Bielema called a “soft tissue” injury near his right groin. Freshman Blake Mazza served as the starter with Hedlund out and was impressive. However, Bielema expects Hedlund to recover soon and likely be the starter.
TE Will Gragg
Gragg was sideline Saturday due to a concussion he sustained earlier in the week, according to Bielema. He’s expected to be back within the next few days once he clears concussion protocol.
DE Dylan Hays
Defensive end Dylan Hays, who recently converted from the offensive line, left the scrimmage with a sprained ankle. Bielema says he is in a boot and it looks like he will miss an indefinite amount of practice time.