Crawford Misses Another Practice, Has MRI

FAYETTEVILLE — At one time, Arkansas' coaches were impressed with what they saw in practice from freshman wide receiver London Crawford.

Now, they're just worried about him.

Coach Houston Nutt said Crawford was going to have an MRI following Tuesday's practice to try to determine the extent of his knee injury.

Crawford, who was in contention to earn the starting wide receiver position opposite junior Marcus Monk, was unable to practice Tuesday.

The freshman returned Monday after missing more than a week of practice because of the knee injury. But he couldn't do any work a day later, instead standing around in a jersey and shorts.

"Any time you have a nagging injury like that, you want to be safe," Arkansas offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn said. "So, that's what we're doing and hopefully everything will be positive. And we'll know how far and how hard to push the guy, too."

Nutt said he expected to name the second starting wide receiver in the next few days. Crawford was among those competing for the job, along with senior Cedric Washington, junior Chris Baker and freshman Damian Williams.

Arkansas' coaches had hoped to use Crawford's size (6-foot-3, 205 pounds) to their advantage. But the freshman has fallen behind because of the amount of practice he has missed.

"Any time you're young and you miss two weeks of practice, obviously it hurts," Malzahn said. "He's kind of been sprinkled in, and he's a good listener.

"We'll find out more (today), and we'll make a decision on what we're going to do."

In the meantime, Malzahn said he's been impressed with how much some of the upperclassmen like Washington, Baker and sophomore Reggie Fish have improved since the spring.

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