Tape It Up: Arkansas: Monk Under the Knife, Again

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Arkansas: Monk Under the Knife, Again

Arkansas receiver Marcus Monk hasn't slept much recently. The Razorbacks' leading receiver already knew that he'd be out for the season opener against Troy this Saturday, but things have gone from bad to worse. After the pain in his knee wouldn't go away on Monday night and he couldn't straighten his leg early Tuesday morning, the school's all-time leader in TD receptions underwent his second arthroscopic surgery in the last 30 days on his right knee, which sets him back at least another game - he'll most likely watch the Alabama matchup from the sideline.

Trainer Dean Weber said the knee showed signs of healing from the original procedure, so the second scope required only removal of loose bodies of cartilage from the meniscus. In English: the knee looked better, but they had to take a bunch of stuff out.

Monk injured the knee in the Razorbacks' first preseason in-pads practice, on Aug. 9. The original surgery took place on Aug. 13.

In Monk's absence - which is a big one, as the senior averaged 19.2 yards per catch last season - sophomore London Crawford will step up, alongside freshman Crosby Tuck, junior Robert Johnson and senior Reggie Fish, who started at quarterback against USC last season.

Joining Monk on the sidelines will be backup offensive guard DeMarcus Love, still suffering from a disloacted kneecap, and sophomore tight end Ben Cleveland, who injured a nerve in his neck.

Alabama Down One, Too

If Alabama was celebrating the fact that Monk's injury will most likely keep him from suiting up against the Crimson Tide, they should stop. Alabama got plenty of bad news of its own on Wednesday, as starting nose guard Brian Motley broke his ankle in Tuesday's practice and will miss six to eight weeks of the season.

The redshirt freshman won the job in spring practice, but will give it up to sophomore Lorenzo Washington, who will get the start on Saturday in the season opener against Western Carolina. Freshmen Josh Chapman and Alfred McCullough will be called upon to back up the 6-foot-4, 283-pound Washington, who played 29 snaps over six games during his freshman season. He tore a pectoral muscle in offseason workouts, keeping him out of most of spring practice, but had battled back to earn the second-string spot behind Motley.

Motley moved from center to the defensive line before spring practice and broke a bone in his right hand a week ago, but had been practicing with a cast.

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