Arkansas is trying to get over its loss to Louisiana-Monroe this week.

The Razorbacks may have to do so without quarterback Tyler Wilson.

Arkansas coach John L. Smith said Wilson has not been cleared to return to practice after leaving last Saturday's game following a "hit to the head." Smith said Wilson was back for a Sunday team meeting in Fayetteville after being held overnight in Little Rock for precautionary measures Saturday. But he's still experiencing some "grogginess."

So Arkansas will start the week using Brandon Allen and Brandon Mitchell to prepare for Saturday's game against No. 1 Alabama.

"He will not go to the field until the doctors OK him and he's symptom free," Smith said. "So that being said, we're making preparation with Brandon and Brandon at quarterback, which we have to do at this point. If we get Tyler back, then that will be icing on the cake for us. That would be good."

Allen played the second half of the ULM game, but struggled in completing just 6 of 20 passes for 85 yards and a touchdown. Mitchell who spent his first three seasons on campus at quarterback before predominantly working at receiver this season caught four passes for 122 yards in the opener. He did not catch a pass against ULM.

Neither player has started a game at quarterback in his career.

"We're going to ride with Brandon Allen or whoever is at quarterback," tight end Chris Gragg said.

Robbie Neiswanger Arkansas News Bureau