Howard returns to practice, Holmes out for the year

Updated: October 28, 2003, 9:34 PM ET

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- Tailback De'Arrius Howard returned to the practice field Tuesday, but linebacker Brandon Holmes is out for the season with a torn ligament in his right knee.

Running back Cedric Cobbs was still hampered by a pulled hamstring and sat out of practice.

"De'Arrius was much better today," said coach Houston Nutt. "He's not full speed yet, but he looked good and worked hard. Right now I'd think we would have him for Saturday. Cedric still feels a pull in his hamstring. We'll know about him later in the week."

Holmes, who was working at tailback to help fill in for an injury-plagued corps of running backs, injured his knee covering a second-quarter kickoff in last weekend's loss to Ole Miss.

Nutt said his team showed some desire in Tuesday's workout.

"The easiest thing to do is to feel sorry for yourself and get down," he said. "The guys came out here with an attitude to get better and improve. We had a really good day's work. The seniors should really be commended for their leadership.

"It's easy to be a Razorback when we're 4-0, but right now is when you find out who wants to play football. This bunch has great heart."

The Razorbacks play Kentucky on the road this Saturday at 6 p.m. The game will be broadcast on ESPN2.

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