Arkansas' McFadden Doubtful for Opener After Surgery

July 29, 2006

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) -Arkansas running back Darren McFadden - the 2005 SEC freshman of the year - underwent surgery on his toe Saturday morning following an overnight bar fight and is doubtful for the Razorbacks' season opener against Southern California.

According to a police report, McFadden was involved in a disturbance at 4:20 a.m. Saturday at Palace the Club, a private club in Little Rock. When officers arrived, a fight was taking place in the parking lot while a crowd watched. McFadden told officers he didn't know the person he was fighting with, the report said.

Arkansas said in a release that McFadden will miss several weeks, and that the first-team All-SEC selection is doubtful for the Razorbacks' game against USC on Sept. 2 in Fayetteville.

"We are all disappointed that Darren won't be able to join us for the start of fall camp," coach Houston Nutt said in the release. "I know that no one is more disappointed with what has happened than Darren. While we are still gathering details about how the injury came about, our first priority is to help him with his recovery. He underwent surgery this morning and will begin the rehabilitation process soon. We are all hoping for a speedy recovery and look forward to his return to the Razorback family."

The release said McFadden had an open dislocation of the distal IP joint of his big left toe. He had surgery to repair the capsule surrounding a joint. Also, a small pin was inserted in the joint to stabilize it.

Arkansas trainer Dean Weber said McFadden will not practice for several weeks.

McFadden rushed for 1,113 yards and 11 touchdowns last season, becoming the seventh freshman in Southeastern Conference history to run for 1,000 yards.



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