Monk Suffers Possible Torn Cartilage In Knee

FAYETTEVILLE -- Arkansas wide receiver Marcus Monk could miss several weeks of practice after possibly tearing cartilage in his right knee during Thursday's practice, coach Houston Nutt said.

Monk was expected to have an MRI to determine whether he has any cartilage damage in his knee. If so, the senior will have minor knee surgery that could sideline him for two weeks, Nutt said.

"He probably has a torn cartilage," Nutt said. "... We'll see where he is. I hope it's nothing more than that."

Monk, who is Arkansas' No. 1 wide receiver, injured his right knee Thursday when he was hit from behind by free safety Michael Grant after catching a pass during team drills.

Thursday was the first day that the Razorbacks practiced in full pads, and Grant's hit on Monk was perhaps the evening's biggest.

"We've got to take care of each other, especially the playmakers," Nutt said. "So that's a tough deal, but hopefully it's not too bad. That's what we're hoping for."

Nutt said he doesn't think Monk would miss more than two weeks of practice if the MRI reveals that the 6-foot-6, 220-pound senior has torn cartilage.

In the meantime, Arkansas' coaches must find a replacement for Monk in the offense. He decided to return to school for his senior season instead of leaving early for the NFL.

Monk was by far Arkansas' leading receiver last season, catching 50 passes for 962 yards and a school-record 11 touchdowns. The next closest wide receiver, Damian Williams, had only 19 catches for 235 yards and two touchdowns.

Monk is the Razorback's all-time leader in touchdown receptions (23), and he needs eight more touchdown catches to break the Southeastern Conference career record set by Florida's receiver Chris Doering.

"He's obviously a main target of our offense," Arkansas quarterback Casey Dick said. "... People are just going to have to step up and fill his role. They know he's a big role, and they're ready to do that."

Arkansas opens the season Sept. 1 against Troy University in Reynolds Razorback Stadium.

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