FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Arkansas wide receiver T.J. Hammonds is expected to miss four weeks after undergoing knee surgery Wednesday, a source close to the situation has told SEC Country. The source said Hammonds “will be fine” and the injury is not too serious.
SEC Country first reported the injury Wednesday evening without a known timetable for recovery. Tom Murphy of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette was the first to report four weeks as the expected recovery time.
The injury is believed to be similar to the meniscus tear Hammonds sustained last August. That injury also required surgery, and Hammonds recovered in time to suit up for the Razorbacks’ season opener in early September.
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 was primarily being used as a starter at wide receiver. He also had begun training at running back.
Arkansas opens the 2017 season Aug. 31 against Florida A&M at War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock.