As if losing at home to an unranked Toledo team without its best player was not bad enough for Bret Bielema and the Arkansas Razorbacks, wide receiver Keon Hatcher suffered a foot injury that will keep him out of action for at least the next six weeks.
Bielema announced the injury update Monday, saying Hatcher went in for surgery in the afternoon and is expected to be out for a minimum of six weeks. If that is a best-case scenario, that would leave Arkansas without its top wide receiver for upcoming games against Texas Tech, Texas A&M, Tennessee, Alabama and Auburn. That is a tough stretch to go without the top receiver on the field, especially after going down at home to Toledo. And that is just the best-case scenario. Ole Miss and LSU still linger toward the end of the season, as do Mississippi State and Missouri.
Hatcher leads the Razorbacks with 198 receiving yards and two touchdowns through two weeks. he also led the team with 558 receiving yards and six touchdown receptions last fall. His loss is, of course, significant.
Before the season started the Razorbacks also lost last season’s leading rusher, Jonathan Williams, for the entire season.