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Arkansas freshman defensive tackle Byran Jones will not play Saturday at South Carolina with an ankle injury suffered in the first quarter last weekend against Vanderbilt.
Jones has played in all eight games this season, starting four times. He has 21 tackles.
Razorbacks coach Bobby Petrino said he hasn’t decided whether he will reinstate fellow defensive tackle DeQuinta Jones for the contest. Jones, who was arrested last Wednesday for drug possession, has been indefinitely suspended.
“He has done everything I’ve asked him to do up to this point,” Petrino said, “but the week’s not over yet.”
Petrino said wide receiver Joe Adams will play Saturday after missing last week’s contest with an ankle injury. Adams, the SEC Special Teams Player of the Week two weeks ago, returned punts in Thursday’s practice.
“Joe’s had a good week,” Petrino said. He came out on Tuesday and he got some work in. He actually did more than I thought he’d do and looked good. He came out Wednesday and did more. He hit top speed probably four or five times on Wednesday, and then came out today and went through the entire practice. As long as there’s not a setback, I believe hell be ready to go.
“If he’s 100 percent, he’ll be our punt returner.”
Adams had a 97-yard punt return for a touchdown in his last game two weeks ago.
Petrino said injured receiver Greg Childs will undergo surgery Friday to repair a patella tendon. Childs was injured early in the fourth quarter last week and will miss the remainder of the season.
Running back Dennis Johnson is also out with a season with an internal injury suffered on Sept. 11 against Louisiana-Monroe. The junior has been spotted running around Donald W. Reynolds the last two days and should be ready for spring practice, Petrino said.
“He’s doing good,” Petrino said. “The last two weeks he’s really taken huge strides forward. They’ve let him do more and more each week. He was out there running sprints today, and he looked pretty good. He looked liked maybe he could return a kickoff or two for a touchdwn. We’re just so happy that he’s healthy.
“The biggest reason he had to take so long before he could start to workout again is because they didn’t want any chance of a hernia developing. So they had to let all those muscles heal completely. Otherwise, Dennis was itching to get going earlier. But he did the right thing, he was very patient, he did exactly what the doctors told him.”