UA QB Mallett Breaks Ring Finger

FAYETTEVILLE — Quarterback Ryan Mallett will miss at least two weeks of Arkansas' summer workouts after breaking his right ring finger.

Mallett's mother, Debbie Mallett, confirmed the injury Monday night. She said her son, a redshirt sophomore, broke the finger on his throwing hand while lifting weights.

"That's a couple weeks he's out not doing what he wants to be doing," Debbie Mallett said. "But he'll be all right.

"It won't be that long. It's not anything major."

Mallett, who emerged from spring practice as Arkansas' first-team quarterback, is expected to make his debut with the Razorbacks when they open the season against Missouri State on Sept 5. In April, Arkansas coach Bobby Petrino said Mallett would be his starter if the season began, but backup Tyler Wilson also would play in the second quarter.

Mallett's broken ring finger is the second throwing hand injury he has suffered since transferring to Arkansas from Michigan in 2008. Last spring, Mallett was sidelined for much of practice after breaking his right thumb, but the injury did not affect him when preseason practice began.

A phone message seeking comment from university officials regarding Mallett's injury was not returned Monday night.

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