MRI Reveals Monk Has No Cartilage Damage

FAYETTEVILLE -- Arkansas coach Houston Nutt feared the worst when he learned Thursday night that wide receiver Marcus Monk had heard a pop in his right knee.

But Nutt received good news Friday when an MRI on Monk's knee came back negative. The exam showed that Monk doesn't have any cartilage or ligament damage, as Nutt had initially feared.

Nutt said Monk has a bone bruise, and the coaches will let the wide receiver sit until Tuesday so they can get a better idea as to when he might return to practice.

"I feel a lot better today. Boy, I didn't feel as good (Thursday)," Nutt said following Friday's evening practice. "I feel a lot better today after what the doctors told me.

"Again, we'll have to wait and see and hopefully we'll make sure that nothing is torn, but the MRI showed that there wasn't. So, usually the MRI is very, very accurate."

Nutt said the coaches will wait to see if the swelling in Monk's knee goes down over the next few days. If it doesn't, then the wide receiver will have another MRI and possibly get his knee scoped.

Monk injured his right knee during Thursday's practice when he took a hard hit from behind by free safety Michael Grant after catching a pass.

Monk told Nutt that he heard a pop in his knee, and Nutt feared that his leading wide receiver had torn his anterior cruciate ligament.

"The thought of losing him the whole year is just devastating," Nutt said. "He came to me and he said it popped. That scared me, that scared the most."

Redshirt freshman Marques Wade, sophomore Rod Coleman and freshman Crosby Tuck, a Shiloh Christian graduate, filled in for Monk during Friday's evening practice.

In the meantime, Monk will continue to rehab his knee in the hopes of getting back on the practice field as soon as possible.

"Obviously, it was a big relief," Arkansas wide receivers coach Alex Wood said. "We're looking forward to him rehabbing, healing and getting back as soon as he can."

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