Linebacker Josh Harris and offensive tackle Dalton Wagner are the latest Razorbacks to suffer foot injuries in camp.
They follow linebacker Jamario Bell, who had surgery early in camp for a foot injury, and a string of prominent players in recent years, including running backs Jonathan Williams and Kody Walker, receivers Keon Hatcher and Cody Hollister, linebacker Dre Greenlaw and others.
Coach Bret Bielema said Saturday there is not a specific factor that can be attributed to the surge.
“No, other than it’s a pretty common [injury] with the NFL, other colleges,” Bielema said. “We were discussing the other day with another team that we reached out to that I believe had six foot fractures since spring. Really our numbers coincide with everybody else.”
Bielema said head athletic trainer Matt Summers pulled up data on foot injuries in the NFL, which showed that receivers and linebackers suffer the most injuries of that type.
“There’s a difference between a Lisfranc [fracture] and a fifth metatarsal, so there’s all kinds of different things that factor into it. I think today’s athletes are bigger, stronger, faster and everybody wants that shoe to get smaller and lighter. I think there’s a common give there.”