FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- Arkansas defensive tackle Marcus
Harrison could miss five to six months of conditioning, practice
and games with a torn anterior cruciate ligament.
Harrison hurt his left knee at practice Monday and had an MRI on
Tuesday. He also has torn cartilage and a bone bruise. The expected
recovery period extends into August and possibly the start of the
"It's bad news," coach Houston Nutt said. "We are hopeful
that he'll be ready for next season. I know he's done for the rest
of the spring."
Harrison will have surgery in the coming weeks.
Arkansas' defensive line already must replace senior Keith
Jackson and junior Jamaal Anderson, who declared early for the NFL
Harrison started five games as a junior in 2006. He had 42
tackles and 1 sack.
The Razorbacks practiced for about two hours in full pads
Tuesday. Nutt complimented Alex Wood, who switched from
quarterbacks coach to receivers coach when quarterback specialist
David Lee was added as offensive coordinator this offseason.
"Coach Wood has done a great job [with the receivers] so far,"
Nutt said. "I know it's only been two days but I love the way he
teaches them and the intensity. They come out here with a purpose,
to get better. There is competition."