Mallett breaks foot; out 3-4 months

Updated: February 18, 2010, 7:21 AM ET
By Chris Low | ESPN.com

Arkansas quarterback Ryan Mallett suffered a broken left foot during conditioning drills Wednesday and will miss all of spring practice.

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Mallett's recovery is expected to last three to four months, according to Arkansas' medical staff, which would bring him back in plenty of time for the start of preseason practice in August.

Mallett led the SEC with 3,624 passing yards and 30 touchdowns last season, both Arkansas records. It was his first season in the SEC after sitting out the 2008 season following his transfer from Michigan.

"It is unfortunate since Ryan works extremely hard and has made a commitment to the Razorbacks," Arkansas coach Bobby Petrino said. "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 his team."

The 6-foot-7, 238-pound Mallett seriously considered turning pro following last season, but decided it would be best to come back for another year. He'll be a junior next season and one of the top quarterbacks in the country.

With Mallett sidelined this spring, that means sophomore Tyler Wilson will work with the first-team offense. Redshirt freshman Brandon Mitchell will also get plenty of work.

Wilson threw for 218 yards with two touchdowns and one interception last season in limited duty.

Chris Low covers the SEC for ESPN.com.

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