Injury bug bites Arkansas

Posted: August 17, 2013 at 9:41 p.m.

Arkansas freshman linebacker Otha Peters; photographed during practice on Thursday, Aug. 16, 2012, inside Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium in Fayetteville

— Arkansas coach Bret Bielema announced several injuries following the Razorbacks' second fall scrimmage on Saturday.

Austin Tate, whose injury was leaked by Auburn assistant coach Tim Horton on Twitter on Friday, suffered a shoulder injury, but Bielema said he is optimistic the senior tight end could return to action by the time Arkansas plays its first conference game against Texas A&M.

Bret Bielema - Policy on announcing injuries

Arkansas coach Bret Bielema explains his policy on announcing injuries and reacts to an opposing school's assistant coach tweeting about Austin Tate's shoulder injury. (By Logan Wilson)
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Bielema also announced Otha Peters broke his arm and is expected to miss 6-8 weeks. He had surgery Friday. Peters earned All-Southeastern Conference honors last year. Peters totaled 32 tackles in 10 games last year.

Demetrius Wilson tore his ACL and Bielema said he will redshirt and play next season. Wilson was listed as a No. 1 receiver following spring practices. He recorded nine receptions for 117 yards and a touchdown in 2012.

Bielema also announced some good news pertaining to injuries, however. He said senior fullback Kiero Small, senior center Travis Swanson, senior defensive tackle Byran Jones and sophomore safety Rohan Gaines returned to practice. He also said sophomore wide receiver Keon Hatcher should be able to return sometime next week.

With a few injuries at the receiver position, Bielema said reserve quarterback Brian Buehner has been playing wide receiver.