Bret Bielema announced several key injuries following the Hogs’ second preseason scrimmage. WR Demetrius Wilson, LB Otha Peters and TE Austin Tate all have rather significant injuries that will cost each time.
Wilson suffered a season-ending ACL injury, the worst of the three. He was listed as the team’s No. 1 receiver post-spring practice. And after Mekale McKay’s transfer to Cincinnati and Wilson’s injury, the Hogs’ receiving corps has taken a major blow. Reserve QB Brian Buehner has been playing receiver to add depth. Wilson will redshirt this season and return next year.
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Similarly, LB Otha Peters has a broken arm and will miss 6-8 weeks recovery time. He’ll miss the month of September and maybe half of October. Linebacker, like receiver, is another position where depth is key, and Peters is a great looking young linebacker. He made 32 tackles last season.
Austin Tate’s injury is the softest blow of the three, but still, he figured to establish himself as a reliable target for QB Brandon Allen early on. Tate has a shoulder injury that will keep him out at minimum until late September, early October.
In some rather good news, Travis Swanson, Bryan Jones, Kiero Small and Rohan Gaines all returned to practice from minor injuries.
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