FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Arkansas sophomore tailback Darren McFadden had a pin removed from his toe early Monday morning in Fayetteville.
McFadden suffered an open dislocation of the distal IP joint of his big left toe late last month. The Little Rock, Ark., native underwent surgery on July 29 in Little Rock to repair the capsule surrounding the joint. In addition a small pin was also inserted in the joint to stabilize it. The pin was removed on Monday.
McFadden remains sidelined from practice and is still listed as doubtful for Arkansas’ season opener against Southern California at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium on Sept. 2.
“Darren McFadden had the pin removed from his toe this morning,” Arkansas head trainer Dean Weber said. “The procedure was successful and he will continue the rehabilitation process immediately. We will begin with range of motion exercises and continue his cardiovascular work on the elliptical machine and the bike. In addition, he will begin rehabilitation work in the pool early this week. We fully expect there to be swelling and discomfort resulting from increased range of motion exercises.
“He is walking in a normal shoe with a steel plate insert and when he is able he will graduate to jogging and then to running. When he is able to run and change directions effectively, he will return to the practice field. We will measure his progress on a week-to-week basis. He remains doubtful for the USC game.”