Wilkerson will have surgery Monday

BATON ROUGE, La. -- LSU center Ben Wilkerson will miss the remainder of the 2004 season with a ruptured tendon in his left knee, the team said Sunday.

Wilkerson injured the knee in the fourth quarter of LSU's 24-7
win over Vanderbilt on Saturday. He was expected to have surgery to
repair the patella tendon Monday. Wilkerson, a senior from
Hemphill, Texas, has started 41 games at LSU.

Head coach Nick Saban also said freshman wide receiver Xavier
Carter will be sidelined at least four weeks with a fractured
clavicle. Carter, who has caught five passes for 118 yards and a
pair of touchdowns, suffered the injury following a kickoff return
in the first half.