Childs Out For Season

Arkansas will be without its top wide receiver for the rest of the season as Greg Childs suffers a patella tendon injury and will need four to six months to rehab it. Razorback coach Bobby Petrino also provides a update on the injury status of WR Joe Adams and DT Byran Jones.

Arkansas will have to go into a key game this Saturday night at South Carolina without its best receiver and will know later this week the status of two other starters.

As feared in last Saturday's 49-14 Homecoming win over Vanderbilt, junior wide receiver Greg Childs suffered a season-ending knee injury – one to his patella tendon.

"Unfortunately we are going to be without Greg Childs," Arkansas head coach Bobby Petrino said. "He has a patella tendon injury. All his ligaments are good. He has no damage to his ligaments. There is no cartilage damage.

"This will require surgery," Petrino added. "We will let the swelling go down and either do it Friday or early next week. It is a big loss for us. He is a great football player. A tremendous competitor."

Childs had 46 catches for 689 yards and six touchdowns this season – all team highs for the No. 17 Razorbacks (6-2, 3-2), who play at South Carolina (6-2, 4-2) Saturday night at 6 p.m.

"He is out for the year," Petrino said. "Spring ball would be a situation where he might be able to go through everything but contact. It is kind of a four to six-month recovery time. Obviously he will be running and doing things prior to that. But if you were going to say live game action, it is somewhere in the four to six-month range."

The injury occurred on the second play of the fourth quarter with Arkansas comfortably ahead, but not enough per the head coach.

"That was the second play of the fourth quarter," Petrino said. "Every starter on both sides of the ball were still in the game."

The Razorbacks have a lot of depth with their wideouts, but Childs will be missed.

"It is something we will have to replace with a number of people," Petrino said. "You are not going to replace Greg Childs with just one guy. But we do have a lot of depth and guys that can make plays."

Fellow junior and fellow former Warren standout Jarius Wright – replacing injured starter Joe Adams - rose to the occasion on Saturday with 6 catches for 87 yards and his first two TDs of the season.

Sophomore Cobi Hamilton (15 catches, 243 yards, two TDs) – actually started against Vanderbilt in the place of Childs, who was already battling an ankle injury.

"The other night, J Wright stepped up and made a lot of plays," Petrino said. "We also have a tremendous amount of confidence in Cobi Hamilton. Cobi has shown he will make big plays, got great hands and can run and catch."

The Razorbacks also got a boost from true freshman Julian Horton, who had two catches for 59 yards – including a 52-yard connection with quarterback Ryan Mallett.

There's also tight ends D.J. Williams and Chris Gragg to spread the ball around to for Mallett.

"We've also got guys like Chris Gragg and Julian Horton that can step in and make a lot of plays for us and obviously we can get the ball more to D.J. Williams," Petrino continued. "So we are going to have to replace Greg catches and production with a number of people on our team, not just one."

That list could obviously grow if Adams (30 catches, 544 yards, four TDs) is able to return for this weekend.

"On Joe Adams, I am encouraged," Petrino said. "We have a chance that he will be ready to go in the game. He has made significant improvement over the weekend. We'll just have to wait and see how it plays out tomorrow and Wednesday and see where he is at."

If Adams is full speed, he will be the punt returner per the head coach.

The other injured starter whose playing status is in doubt is true freshmen defensive tackle Byran Jones.

He suffered an ankle injury on Vanderbilt's first touchdown on Saturday night and it came on play that Petrino was still very upset about on Monday.

"Byran, we are going to have to wait and see," Petrino said. "It was a bad-looking play. It's a shame because the guy blocked him and Byran took off running and the guy clipped him from behind on his ankle. It was a terrible way to get hurt because it was a dirty, bad play. It's unfortunate.

"His ankle did swell a lot, but Byran is very tough and has shown he is a quick healer so we will have to wait and see," Petrino added. "So I probably won't know until tomorrow after practice and see where he is at."

Petrino is upset that three of his players this season have been knocked out of games with what he considers dirty plays.

Both Ryan Mallett (concussion) and Adams were injured on horse collar plays.

"I'm a little upset that we have had three injuries now, two of them horse collars and then this one," Petrino said.

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