Michael Woods, Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Rawleigh Williams undergoes neck surgery after Auburn injury

Arkansas running back Rawleigh Williams may miss the remainder of the 2015 season after undergoing surgery to repair a neck injury suffered in the Razorbacks' win over Auburn on Saturday.

Arkansas running back Rawleigh Williams may miss the remainder of the 2015 season after undergoing surgery to repair a neck injury suffered in the Razorbacks' win over Auburn on Saturday.

Williams was injured on a run play in which he was grabbed by his face mask with 3:42 remaining in the third quarter. A crowd of more than 72,000 was in near complete silence while he was tended to on the field for 11 minutes, before being carted off and transported to a hospital for evaluation. 

"He is expected to make a full recovery," Arkansas Coach Bret Bielema said. "A timetable for his return to the football field is unclear, but we are thankful that he is doing well and is with his family. Thank you to everyone for the well wishes, thoughts and prayers.”

In a message posted to his Twitter page Sunday, Williams said he was "blessed" following the injury.

"The doctor explained I'm very lucky and should fully recover," Williams wrote. "My family and I are very thankful for your prayers."

A freshman, Williams is Arkansas' second-leading rusher this season with 254 yards on 56 carries. He rushed for a career-high 100 yards in a win at Tennessee earlier this month.

He is the latest in a line of Arkansas running backs to miss playing time this year because of an injury. Jonathan Williams (broken foot) and Juan Day (ACL) have not played this season, and Kody Walker missed four games with a broken hand.


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