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Razorbacks' Rakestraw out 6-8 weeks after breaking pinkie finger

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- Arkansas coach John Pelphrey says
freshman guard Nate Rakestraw broke the pinkie of his shooting hand
Tuesday, likely keeping him off the court for six to eight weeks.

Rakestraw, who averaged 19.4 points a game during his senior
year at Springdale Har-Ber High School, was one of the two
consistent freshman for the Razorbacks, Pelphrey said.

"It hurts us because he was getting better. He was part of our
limited guard depth and he could change the scoreboard in a couple
of possessions," Pelphrey told reporters Thursday. "We need him
to get back and be a part of this season. I'm sure it's a little
deflating for him. He's put in a lot of hard work, but I think he
will be a fast healer."

Pelphrey said small forward Sonny Weems, who suffered a fracture
in his left hand in August, has healed and is doing fine. Weems was
the Razorbacks' second-leading scorer last season.

Arkansas held its first practice Friday as 6,200 watched,
something Pelphrey described as exciting to see.

"So far we've had six workouts. Four-and-a-half have been good
and one-and-a-half were not so good," Pelphrey said. "Some of the
things we want to get done will take some time. We'll keep
working."