OL looking less likely to play

Updated: December 15, 2003, 12:38 PM ET
Associated Press

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- Arkansas coach Houston Nutt said he should know Monday or Tuesday if All-America offensive tackle Shawn Andrews will be able to play in the Dec. 31 Independence Bowl against Missouri.

Andrews did not participate in Sunday's practice.

"Shawn and I went over everything that's been going on the last couple weeks about the sinus infection and the doctors that he's seeing," Nutt said after practice Sunday. "Right now he's under their care in Little Rock. He's just waiting on their word to see what happens.

"The doctor thinks right now that he won't [be able to play], but he didn't rule it out," the coach said.

Andrews is a junior but some NFL scouts have said he could go early in the NFL draft, if he chose to give up his senior year of college eligibility. His health could be a factor in the draft.

Andrews said Sunday that he is at a point in his career "that some of the decisions I make could prove real costly now that I've established myself here and could possibly get drafted this year high, from what I'm told."

"I guess to play one more game and go against what the doctor said, I could perhaps injure myself very bad from an infection or I could even die from it," Andrews said.

Nutt also said that if Andrews does play, sophomore Zac Tubbs would likely start against Missouri.

"Zac deserves that with all the work and effort he's been going through," Nutt said. "That'd be a bonus if Shawn plays."

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