FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Arkansas wide receiver T.J. Hammonds is out indefinitely with a knee injury that required surgery, sources told SEC Country on Wednesday. The sophomore from Little Rock, Ark., was working with the starters as of Monday.
The injury is said to be similar to the meniscus tear he suffered last August. That injury also required surgery, though Hammonds recovered in time to suit up for the Razorbacks’ season opener in early September.
A source said this injury is believed to be worse than the previous and is expected to require more recovery time.
Hammonds converted from running back to wide receiver following last season. He rushed 88 yards on 15 carries with 1 touchdown as a freshman.
Through one week of practices, the coaching staff had been experimenting with how to use Hammonds in the offense this season. He had begun training at running back in addition to wide receiver, according to running back coach Reggie Mitchell.
“Coach Enos is kind of sprinkling him in there a little bit every day,” Mitchell told reporters Wednesday. “We have a few plays for him. T.J. is a really talented kid, too. You know we’ve got him at receiver and he is going to be able to dual train at running back as well.”
Arkansas is already without senior wide receiver Jared Cornelius. He was removed from the 105-man roster earlier this week due to a back injury that is not believed to be serious.
Editor’s note: A previous version of this story indicated it was not known if Hammonds would have surgery. SEC Country has signed learned he already had an operation.
SEC Country’s John Nabors contributed to this report.