Matt Jones is the online sports director for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. A two-time graduate of the University of Arkansas, he is a member of the Football Writers Association of America and National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association, and voter for the Biletnikoff Award.
Swanson expected to play Saturday
Arkansas center Travis Swanson blocks Florida defender Damien Jacobs during Saturday nights game at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium in Gainesville, Fla.
FAYETTEVILLE Arkansas center Travis Swanson is expected to play Saturday against No. 14 South Carolina.
Razorbacks coach Bret Bielema said Swanson, who injured his knee in the third quarter of a loss at Florida over the weekend, could be held out of Tuesday's practice as a precaution. Bielema said following the game against the Gators that Swanson had suffered a slight MCL tear.
Swanson was a preseason first-team all-SEC selection and is one of Arkansas' four team captains. He is expected to be a high-round NFL Draft pick next spring.
Bielema also said cornerback Will Hines could return this season after undergoing surgery Sunday to repair a broken right arm. Bielema said the recovery period for Hines' surgery is 6 to 8 weeks and the sophomore could play in the Razorbacks' final two games if his recovery goes well.
Hines had posted on Twitter Sunday he wouldn't play again this season.