Injury to keep Mallett out of Arkansas spring practice

Injury to keep Mallett out of Arkansas spring practice

Published Feb. 18, 2010 12:37 p.m. ET

University of Arkansas junior quarterback Ryan Mallett, who threw for 3,624 yards and 30 touchdowns last season, is expected to miss spring practice after breaking a bone in his left foot during conditioning drills Wednesday.

The school disclosed the injury Wednesday night.

Mallett is expected to recover in time for the start of fall practice.

“It is unfortunate since Ryan works extremely hard and has made a commitment to the Razorbacks,” coach Bobby Petrino said in the school's news release. “I am confident in our athletic trainers and medical staff and believe they are the best in the country. Ryan is a strong competitor who I know will put all his effort into overcoming his injury and continuing to lead this team.”

Mallett missed part of spring practice a year ago after suffering a thumb injury. He also broke a finger in a weight room accident last summer.

Mallett is also coming off minor surgery on his non-throwing shoulder in January.