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Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Wright latest Hog to be lost for the season

By Chris Low

The injuries are mounting to mind-numbing proportions for Arkansas.

The latest addition to the injury list is senior defensive end Tenarius Wright, who’s scheduled to have shoulder surgery and will miss the rest of the season. Senior linebacker Alonzo Highsmith, the team’s leading tackler, was lost for the season after injuring his foot in last week’s game. He had surgery Monday.

“It’s been one of those years. You can’t explain it,” Arkansas coach John L. Smith said.

Tight end Chris Gragg, who’s missed the past two games with a bone bruise on his leg, is improving, but Smith said Wednesday it’s “very, very doubtful” that Gragg will be able to play this Saturday against Kentucky.

The Hogs are hopeful that cornerback Tevin Mitchel will be able to return this week. He missed the past four games after suffering a concussion and having his gall bladder removed.

“(Tuesday) was his first day of contact and doing some tackling drills,” Smith said. “He had a real good day and felt very comfortable.”

Smith said getting Mitchel back would allow the Hogs to move some people around in the secondary. Freshmen Will Hines and Davyon McKinney both started at cornerback last week.

Another player the Hogs will have this weekend is junior defensive end Chris Smith, who was arrested early Wednesday on a warrant for failure to appear in court. He missed a July 18 court date after being stopped for speeding.

John L. Smith said Wednesday that Chris Smith would play against Kentucky.

“I’ve met with Chris, and we’ll get that handled,” John L. Smith said when asked about the details of Smith being allowed to play.