FAYETTEVILLE — Arkansas’ receiving corps has lost another member this week.
Arkansas coach Bret Bielema said sophomore D’Arthur Cowan has suffered a foot injury that will sideline him six to eight weeks. Bielema revealed the news during a radio appearance on 103.7 The Buzz before addressing the Little Rock Touchdown Club on Wednesday afternoon.
Bielema said Cowan was injured during a punt return drill.
“He was really having a great fall camp,” Bielema told 103.7 The Buzz. “It was in pre-practice. He’s a punt return guy. He just kind of caught it, took a couple of steps and heard a crack in his foot. They put a screw in it and he should be back in hopefully a 6 to 8 week window.”
Cowan’s absence places more pressure on a shrinking group of scholarship receivers. Senior Demetrius Wilson is out for the season after suffering a torn anterior cruciate ligament last week. He was scheduled to undergo surgery today.
Arkansas also lost receiver Mekale McKay before practice began when the sophomore left the program and has since transferred to Cincinnati.
Cowan’s absence leaves Arkansas relying on a six-man group for now: Javontee Herndon, Julian Horton, Keon Hatcher, Eric Hawkins, Drew Morgan and Melvinson Hartfield. Arkansas also has moved quarterback Brian Buehner to receiver.
“I've tried to teach these guys that the next guy in line has to be ready and right now that's what we're doing, trying to get the next guy in line ready,” Arkansas receivers coach Michael Smith said earlier this week after Wilson’s injury. “So we can go out and have some success on Saturday when we play ULL.”
— Robbie Neiswanger • Arkansas News Bureau