Mallett Injury Requires Surgery

Arkansas quarterback Ryan Mallett will miss 3-4 months after undergoing surgery to repair a broken foot Wednesday.

FAYETTEVILLE – The broken bone in Ryan Mallett's left foot required surgery Wednesday, Arkansas coach Bobby Petrino said.

Speaking to the Texarkana Razorback Club in Mallett's hometown Wednesday night, Petrino said the quarterback will have to stay off the foot for a month and wear a protective boot afterward. The injury suffered during an early-morning conditioning drill Wednesday is expected to take three to four months to heal.

The quarterback will miss Arkansas' spring practice, scheduled to begin March 30.

Mallett is no stranger to injuries at Arkansas. The quarterback missed the last eight practices and spring game in 2008 after fracturing his right thumb during a practice. Last summer Mallett broke his right ring finger during a weight-lifting session and had recently been cleared to practice after undergoing minor shoulder surgery following Arkansas' win in the Autozone Liberty Bowl in January.

Mallett passed for school records of 3,422 yards and 30 touchdowns last season for the Razorbacks. He is thought to be an early front-runner for the 2010 Heisman Trophy after deciding to come back to school instead of opt for the upcoming NFL Draft.

Mallett's absence in the spring should give Arkansas' back-ups plenty of repetitions. The Razorbacks have three other scholarship quarterbacks on campus in redshirt sophomore Tyler Wilson, redshirt freshman Brandon Mitchell and midterm enrollee Jacoby Walker, a member of Arkansas' recent 2010 signing class.

Jim Youngblood, a signed quarterback prospect out of high school in 2008, is also on the roster. He was moved to tight end before last season but split time as a scout team quarterback.

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