Tyler Wilson Injury: Updates on Arkansas QB's Collarbone Injury

Mike MoraitisAnalyst ISeptember 8, 2012

Arkansas quarterback Tyler Wilson was pulled before the second half of the Razorbacks' game versus Louisiana-Monroe on Saturday after suffering a collarbone injury.

UPDATE: Thursday, September 20 at 6:14 p.m. EST by Tyler Conway

In a relatively unexpected turn of events, it's looking like Tyler Wilson play on Saturday against Rutgers, according to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette's Matt Smith.


Tyler Wilson will play against Rutgers

— Matt Jones (@NWAMatt) September 20, 2012


For the Razorbacks, this news could not come at a better time. Reeling after a 1-2 start, Wilson's presence is necessary if the team hopes to live up to its preseason expectations. 

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UPDATE: Wednesday, September 19 at 12:05 p.m. EST

Tyler Wilson has yet to be cleared to play for Arkansas, according to head coach John L. Smith per Edward Aschoff

John L. Smith says QB Tyler Wilson still hasn't been cleared to play Saturday's game against Rutgers #Razorbacks

— Edward Aschoff (@AschoffESPN) September 19, 2012


UPDATE: Monday, September 17 at 2:44 p.m. ET by Jessica Isner

Have no fear, Razorbacks fans: Tyler Wilson should be good to go in Week 4. ESPN Arkansas tweeted the good news on Monday afternoon:


Tyler Wilson says he is "extremely optimistic" he will be cleared for this week's game vs. Rutgers.

— ESPN Arkansas (@espn_arkansas) September 17, 2012


There couldn't be better music to Arkansas' ears after the way the Razorbacks were embarrassed 52-0 by Alabama in Week 3. 

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UPDATE: Saturday, Sept. 15, at 3:42 p.m. ET by Alex Ballentine

Head coach John L. Smith has officially ruled Wilson out of the game according to Tracy Wolfson of CBS Sports. 

John L. Smith tells @tracywolfson Tyler Wilson will not play.

— CBS Sports PR(@CBSSportsGang) September 15, 2012


Wilson's presence will be missed as Alabama boasts one of the best defenses in the country and the Razorbacks had a difficult time scoring last week when Wilson left the game against UL Monroe.

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UPDATE: Saturday, Sept. 15, at 3:28 p.m. ET by Alex Ballentine

It appears that freshman quarterback Brandon Allen will get the starting nod against Alabama as Tom Murphy reports that Allen took the first-team reps during the Razorbacks' final warm ups before the game.

Brandon Allen was taking the first-team reps during the team periods toward the end of warmups. Solid indication of Hogs QB stance today

— Thomas Murphy (@TomMurphyADG) September 15, 2012


Coach John L. Smith had said earlier that the team would not decide on Wilson's status until game time but it would appear that Wilson will not play at the beginning of the game at least with Allen taking the snaps with the first team.

UPDATE: Saturday, Sept. 15, at 1:48 p.m. ET by Alex Ballentine

According to Tracy Wolfson of CBS Sports, Wilson will come out and warm up with the team in pads and a decision will be made about Wilson's status then.

ARK QB -> RT @tracywolfson: John L. telling me Tyler Wilson will come out and warm up in pads during pregame. Then they will make a decision

— CBSSports.com (@CBSSports) September 15, 2012


Although ESPN reported on Friday that Wilson would not be available for the Hogs against Alabama, it appears that head coach John L. Smith wants to delay the decision until it is completely certain that he will not be able to go.

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UPDATE: Friday, Sept. 14, at 12:10 p.m. ET by Ethan Grant

The Razorbacks are delaying the announcement of the status of their star QB as long as possible. According to ArkansasSports360.com, John L. Smith has released a statement regarding Wilson, and listed him as a game-time decision on Saturday.

Here's Smith's statement on Friday morning:

“There will be no further update on Tyler Wilson’s status today and he will be a game time decision.”

Although the University is playing their cards close to the chest, ESPN.com is reporting that their sources have confirmed that Wilson will not play after additional testing on Thursday.

It's hard to tell if Arkansas is delaying the inevitable with Wilson or hoping some last second treatment and rest will allow him to take the field against the No. 1 team in the nation.

Stay tuned for the latest on Wilson's status for Saturday.

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UPDATE: Friday, Sept. 14, at 11:45 a.m. ET by Ethan Grant

The University of Arkansas has yet to confirm any reports ruling Wilson out of the game against Alabama, and will not do so today.



According to head coach John L. Smith via Arkansas Democrat-Gazette writer Thomas Murphy on Twitter, Arkansas has not made a decision.

Arkansas has issued an update from John L. Smith: No update will be forthcoming on QB Tyler Wilson today and he will be a game-time decision

— Thomas Murphy (@TomMurphyADG) September 14, 2012

Keep checking in with B/R for all the latest Wilson updates, up until Arkansas and Alabama kick off at 3:30 p.m. ET on Saturday.

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UPDATE: Friday, Sept. 14, at 10:45 a.m. ET by Ethan Grant

It's not looking good for Wilson's chances to suit up against Alabama. According to Bo Mattingly of Arkansas radio station 103.7 The Buzz on Twitter, Wilson has not been cleared for contact.

I'm told that Tyler Wilson has not been cleared and will not play on Saturday vs. Alabama

— Bo Mattingly (@SportsTalkwBo) September 14, 2012

No news from the University of Arkansas regarding his official status for the game, but this report isn't good news for Arkansas fans heading into the biggest game of the young season.

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UPDATE: Thursday, Sept. 13, at 9:40 p.m. ET by Adam Wells

There is good news and bad news coming out of Arkansas regarding the status of Wilson for the Alabama game. 

According to Matt Jones of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, Wilson was at practice for the Razorbacks on Wednesday but is waiting to be cleared for game action. 

Wilson practiced for the first time since suffering a head injury against Louisiana-Monroe last weekend. On his radio show Wednesday night, Arkansas coach John L. Smith said Wilson only threw passes and was not allowed to take contact.


“That decision (to play) has not been made yet and it’s not in my hands,” Smith said. “I’m keeping my fingers crossed.”

Arkansas is hitting bottom at the absolute worst time. Losing to Louisiana-Monroe was bad enough, but if the Razorbacks have to play without their starting quarterback against Alabama, things could get ugly in a hurry. 


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UPDATE: Wednesday, Sept. 12, at 7:31 p.m. ET by Ian Hanford

Wilson's status for Arkansas' colossal matchup with Alabama is still uncertain, but ESPN's Joe Schad had some positive things to say in his recent tweet:

Arkansas DC Paul Haynes: "Tyler Wilson was out there. He threw and looked good throwing the ball. He has not been cleared to play."

— Joe Schad (@schadjoe) September 12, 2012

Beating the No. 1 team in the nation won't be easy, even if Wilson is behind center. If the Razorbacks don't have their star signal-caller on Saturday, a victory seems nearly impossible.

Stay tuned.

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UPDATE: Tuesday, Sept. 11, at 8:15 a.m. ET


Arkansas may be forced to enter its game against No. 1 Alabama without Wilson. Head coach John Smith said his star quarterback still hasn't completed recovered from a head injury he suffered in the team's shocking loss to Louisiana-Monroe, according to the AP.

Although Smith didn't rule Wilson out, the fact he's still not back to full strength combined with an increased awareness of head injuries throughout football means the Razorbacks will take every precaution to ensure Wilson is healthy before returning.

As for now, Smith would only say his playing status is uncertain. More will be known in the next couple days as practice begins to heat up for the key week.

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UPDATE: Sunday, Sept. 9, at 3:20 p.m. ET by Adam Wells

Even though the Razorbacks didn't have much reason to celebrate on Saturday night, the news that quarterback Tyler Wilson is feeling better has to be welcome. 


Head coach John L. Smith delivered the news to reporters on Sunday in a statement (via Tuscaloosa Bureau):

The prognosis for injured Arkansas quarterback Tyler Wilson is "good," and he will be "day-to-day."

The Razorbacks need all the good vibes they can get right now, as they dropped out of the top 25 poll following their shocking loss to Louisiana-Monroe. 

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UPDATE: Sunday, Sept. 9, at 10:16 a.m. ET by Patrick Clarke

Arkansas quarterback Tyler Wilson does not have a broken collarbone according to ESPN's Joe Schad via Twitter on Sunday morning:

Tyler Wilson doesn't have a broken collarbone. Arkansas may have more injury information later.

— Joe Schad (@schadjoe) September 9, 2012

Stay tuned for more information on Wilson's status as it becomes available. 


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UPDATE: Sunday, Sept. 9, at 12:33 a.m. ET

Though it initially appeared Wilson may have a head injury, it's now being reported that the QB has a broken collarbone.

Details about the length of time Wilson will miss and the actual injury he suffered has been reported by CBS Sports, via Pat Smith of radio station WJOX 94.5 FM on Twitter.

CBS Sports Network just reported Tyler Wilson has broken collarbone and out 3-4 weeks.

— Pat Smith(@patsmithradio) September 9, 2012

Wilson's injury was originally reported as a concussion by CBS Sports' Eye on College Football Twitter page, but now it's being listed as a broken collarbone.

This is a huge blow to the Razorbacks, who just were upset by Louisiana-Monroe and are set to take on the No. 1 team in the country next week, the Alabama Crimson Tide.


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Wilson reportedly suffered the concussion in the first half of the matchup with ULM, and was unable to take the field in the second half. Backup quarterback Brandon Allen has taken over the duties of signal-caller for the time being.

Wilson was having a pretty good game up to that point, going 11-of-20 for 196 yards, two touchdowns and one pick.

It isn't known how serious Wilson's concussion is as of yet, but it couldn't have come at a worse time. The Razorbacks are set for an all-important showdown with the No. 1 team in the country next week, Nick Saban's Alabama Crimson Tide.

Bringing Wilson back so soon is a very risky proposition, knowing what we know now about the long-term effects of concussions. Not to mention, Wilson will have one week to recover just in time to face the bruising, elite defense of Alabama.


As for the game with ULM, the Razorbacks put themselves in a good enough position to be OK without their No. 1 quarterback. Jumping out to a 21-7 lead in the first half, Arkansas helped itself big-time early on in the game.

While they were out-gained in yards during the first half, the Razorbacks made some huge stops in the red zone to help them maintain a lead.

Thanks to a solid two-headed rushing attack consisting of Knile Davis and Dennis Johnson, Arkansas has the ability to combat the loss of Wilson with contributions from their ground game.

Make sure to keep your eye on this page for all the latest updates on Tyler Wilson's injury.