Injuries aplenty on defense for the Razorbacks
Published: Friday, November 1, 2002 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, October 31, 2002 at 10:55 p.m.
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - Arkansas weak-side linebacker Tony Bua believes he can play through pain. Bua slightly separated his left shoulder in the second quarter of the Razorbacks' 48-28 victory over Ole Miss last Saturday, but despite the injury, he still played through the end of the third quarter.
He did not practice Sunday or Tuesday this week and is undergoing treatment in preparation for Troy State at 1 p.m. Saturday at Little Rock's War Memorial Stadium.
"Everybody's hurt. I'm sure every team's banged up and everybody's hurt, so you just got to play with injuries," said the junior from River Ridge, La. "That's why it's called football - it's not easy. You just got to play with pain."
Bua is tied with junior free safety Ken Hamlin as Arkansas' leading tackler, with 73 tackles on the year, including six for a loss of 36 yards. He also has three sacks and two fumble returns. Cornerback Eddie Jackson also separated his shoulder last Saturday but was able to practice on a limited basis Tuesday. Many of the second-team defensive players have seen playing time and are expected to play against Troy State.
If Bua is unable to play, junior Jimarr Gallon will get the start. Jackson backs up Lawrence Richardson, but he often plays in passing situations so junior Bo Mosley may see some more playing time.
Junior offensive tackle Bo Lacy sported a boot around campus Monday after reinjuring his right ankle in the 48-28 win over Ole Miss last Saturday.
"It's been hurt since the Tennessee game. I just keep hurting it every game I go to, and this week they just decided to put a boot on it to try to take some pressure off," Lacy said. "I'm not doing a whole lot with it right now, so it feels pretty good. It's fine except when I have to sit down on it and put a lot of pressure on it. That's when it hurts the most."
Sophomore tackle Shawn Andrews also suffered an ankle sprain but is able to play, he said last week.
Like most of the other Razorbacks, Lacy isn't concerned with causing permanent damage. Bua said he anticipates playing Saturday.
"I just keep playing every game, but we have five weeks left, so it'll heal after the season," Lacy said.
Arkansas head football coach Houston Nutt said he is concerned because so many of his players are hurt.
Raymond House was injured in the Auburn game with a high ankle sprain, and junior defensive end Keith Turner suffered a hip dislocation and is out for the rest of the season.
"I'm worried about the consistency, especially when you're that thin on the defensive line and you have a lot of people in the training room," Nutt said. "We're probably one of the few SEC teams that ... kept their first team healthy. This is always the time of the year, and you try to have all your team ready to go, especially the first and second units during this time because you're a play away."
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