We have made it to week six of the SEC conference-only football schedule. With that comes plenty of injuries due to the physicality of the teams they play and proper spring or summer practices.
This season the Razorbacks have seen their fair share of injuries at many positions. One of those being the defensive line. Guys like Eric Gregory, Zach Williams and Mataio Soli have all stepped up as backups along the line to replace the production and talent that is Dorian Gerald.
Gerald missed nearly all the 2019 season due to a strained artery in his neck that required surgery after the opener versus Portland State. Gerald had a promising 2018 season as a junior college transfer from College of the Canyons. He recorded 21 tackles, eight solo, with 2.5 TFL for 13 yards. Gerald also broke up two passes and was credited with two quarterback hurries. Against Mississippi State in 2018, Gerald had a career high 9 tackles and 1.5 tackles for a loss.
Razorback head coach, Sam Pittman gave an update on Gerald during his Monday press conference to preview Texas A&M.
“Dorian is one of the iffy ones,” said Pittman.
Pittman mentioned he doesn’t want to beat around the bush on injuries. It does show they’re very selective as to what they share as this is the first week since the Monday before Georgia that there was a change to the depth chart. He also stated the following about Gerald:
“We don’t try to lie to yall about injuries but I don’t know. I’d love to have him by Saturday,” said Pittman.
How healthy will the Hogs be come Saturday? The head hog did tell us that they could have a healthy team come Saturday. It seems that the bye week came at a good time.
“We still have a couple guys that are on the iffy, maybe they’ll be ready. Besides the guys that had season-ending injuries, we’ll be as healthy as we were to start the season,” said Pittman.
The Razorbacks will take the field against the Texas A&M Aggies on Saturday. The game will be aired on the SEC Network at 6 PM CST. As always you can find the game on any Razorback Sports Network affiliate throughout the Natural State.