Foot woes

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - COLLEGE FOOTBALL -

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.”

Har­ris

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