Concussed Mallett might practice Tuesday

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Based on the words of head coach Bobby Petrino Monday, Arkansas fans should be breathing a little easier today regarding the status of quarterback Ryan Mallett.

Then again, based on how his replacement played Saturday, there may not have been any reason for shortness of breath to begin with.

Mallett suffered a concussion in the second quarter of the Razorbacks’ loss to Auburn Saturday. While he didn’t return to the game because of the head injury, there’s a chance that he could return to practice as early as Tuesday.

“[Sunday] he was asymptomatic,” Petrino said during his weekly press conference. “He’ll go through series of tests [Monday afternoon]. Best-case scenario, he comes out and practices [Tuesday], but I don’t know that yet.

“He has no headaches and he has no symptoms from the concussion. So that’s very, very positive.”

If Mallett is unable to practice today, Petrino said his coaching staff will begin the process of prepping backup Tyler Wilson to start this weekend against Ole Miss.

“If there’s an all-go ahead (with Ryan), then you go with it,” Petrino said. “If there are question marks, then you have to have Tyler take reps with the ones and get prepared.”

Wilson threw for 332 yards and four touchdowns in two-plus quarters of work after relieving Mallett.