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Arkansas coach Bobby Petrino said Monday defensive tackle Byran Jones was injured on a “dirty, bad play” in the Razorbacks’ win over Vanderbilt Saturday.
Jones, a freshman, went down on the Commodores’ first offensive possession and didn’t return with an ankle injury. His status for this weekend’s game against South Carolina is uncertain.
“It was a bad-looking play,” Petrino said. “It’s a shame, because the guy blocked him and Byran took off running and the guy clipped him from behind on his ankle. Terrible way to get hurt because it was a dirty, bad play, and it’s unfortunate. His ankle did swell a lot.
“Byran is very tough and has shown that he’s a quick healer. So we’ll have to wait and see.”
Petrino said Jones is just the latest player to get injured on a dirty play. He said Ryan Mallett’s concussion at Auburn and Joe Adams’ ankle injury against Ole Miss were the results of horse-collar penalties that weren’t called.
“It’s a bad deal,” Petrino said. “I’m a little upset, the fact that we’ve had three injuries now.”
Of course Arkansas has received some criticism of its own from opponents this season for so-called “dirty play.” Offensive lineman Wade Grayson became a household name in Alabama after this low block on Crimson Tide defensive lineman Marcell Dareus was posted on YouTube earlier this year. Dareus left that game with an ankle injury and didn’t return.
The Razorbacks were also flagged twice Saturday for chop blocks against Vanderbilt.